We’re coming up on the end of June. So you know what that means!
It’s Time For a Little Reflection!
Half of the year has passed.
Can you remember back to January 1st of this year? If you were anything like me, you were excited about all of the wonderful possibilities that lay ahead in 2016.
You made grand plans, wrote down all of the projects you wanted to complete, and visualized an amazing year.
And now, here we are in June. It’s a time for reflection of what has happened and sometimes what has NOT happened since the beginning of the year.
I can’t speak for you, but you’re probably in the same boat as I am.
As I look back on the past 6 months, I’m super proud of all of the accomplishments that I’ve tackled from my goals:
- went on a 4 week road trip with the boyfriend and my greyhound, Majic
- made more money than I did in the same timeframe last year
- took time to relax more and enroll in classes that helped me to learn and grow
- cultivated a morning routine and a practice of gratitude
I’m grateful for all of these, but I also know that at the bottom of my gut there is still a yearning.
You see, there are some things that I still haven’t achieved:
- taking a one week surfing safari in Mexico
- hitting my income goal
- traveling to Japan
- getting 5,500 amazing and engaged women on my email list
How to Move Forward in A Time of Excitement and Anticipation
So, as I sit here in June and look forward towards the end of the year it’s important to re-imagine my goals and put forth a solid plan to make that happen.
I would imagine that one of your goals would be to teach what you know so that you can not only help the people you’re meant to serve, but also generate income for yourself!
That’s the same as me.
Have you taken some time to look back at why you didn’t reach some of your goals? It’s a total eye opener!
- What were some of the amazing things I achieved so far?
- Why did I achieve them?
- What were some of the things that I didn’t achieve?
- What prevented me from achieving them?
As I review the past 6 months, I realize that the reason I didn’t hit some of my goals was because of one reason:
Lack of Focus.
When I look back at how I spent some of my time, I spent it:
- scrolling through Facebook
- scratching my head trying to figure out what idea I wanted to pursue first
- creating something awesome and then immediately tossing it to the side because I didn’t think anyone would like it
- doubting myself
- being pulled by someone else’s agenda
- jumping from idea to idea
Not to say that I was a total slacker this year. I wasn’t. I did hit some amazing goals, which brings me to my point.
What do you want to celebrate 6 months from now in your business on December 31, 2016?
That’s a question that I learned from the fabulous Kelly over at iBloom, which I’m constantly asking myself.
You see, now is the time to reflect on that and put forth a plan.
I would imagine lack of focus is one of your biggest issues as well.
The 3 Most Important Things to Focus On
There really are three things one needs to focus on to grow their business. I call these the 3 Cs!!
Content: The crux of an online business is the content. Whether you create videos, blog posts, webinars, newsletters, or any other form of content, it’s important to spend time in creation mode and providing value to those in your audience. You’ve got to engage the people in your community and be of service.
Community: To build a growing business you must not only create content, but you also need to actively build your email list and connect with the people in your community.
Cash: Cash means your products!! What’s a business without a product? Nada. A lot of your time should be spent creating amazing products that your audience loves and that will help them totally reach a goal. It’s through creating a product that you learn, grow, and are able to birth even more products!
It’s this last C, cash, that I want to tackle in the rest of this note to you because I feel it’s super important and probably one of your main goals!
5 Women Share Their Lessons On Creating a Digital Product
I believe when it comes to focus, we’re most stopped when it comes to putting ourselves out there. I hear it all of the time: people are scared they’ll be called out as a fraud or that they don’t have what it takes or that no one will purchase or that no one will receive value.
And, that stops people in their tracks.
These six women below totally amaze me, though! They found their focus, put themselves out there, and tackled that final C. They created (in some cases for the first time) a digital product.
So, I wanted them to share the biggest lessons they’ve learned from finding their focus, creating their product, and putting themselves out there.
I know I learned something valuable from the, and I know you will too.
What is the biggest lesson you learned from creating your product?
Alison Breen, Finish Your Project Mini-Course
I have been putting off creating a course for a long time, partly as I tend to expect things will be more difficult than they usually are which makes me overwhelmed and then I avoid engaging. You make things so simple and clear, yet effective. It has been so refreshing to realize that things don’t always have to be so hard!
Cynthia Spencer, A Short and Fun Look at the Bible Ebook
The biggest thing I learned is to take action! I have been in learning mode and not in doing mode. So, when I actually started taking action in moving forward with my first digital product I realized how fun it is to create something online. I have learned about cool tools like www.myecovermaker.com and www.pdfescape.com from you so I could make my ebook cover look 3D on my sales page. When I completed the cover I found myself having tears of joy. I finally took your call to action to get me going and I am so thankful.
In all your courses you give so many resources and lists of tools that make it possible for all us ladies to succeed if we put the work in. You have given us lots of value!! Has it been easy to do my ebook? No, but it has been on my heart to do for 4 years and it feels so good to actually be doing it. I probably should have started with something smaller but I see this ebook as an item that will lead to other books I want to do and online e-courses I have planned. I love to teach and I love to learn.
Jennifer Rene Owens, Kamau Care Meditative Series
One of my biggest lessons was that I didn’t have to reinvent the wheel and create anew. I can use skills I already have, and utilize those skills and content I have already created as well to use for sharing with others. I could also combine some of the use of my blogs for podcasting and elaborating on ideas and thoughts. Also, that I could use some of those same thoughts to help others and share by video clips when I promote my ideas!
Kandice Shelton, 21 Day Ab Challenge
The biggest lesson that I learned was that getting my expertise into the marketplace was not difficult at all, once I had the right resources and tools.
Quanisha Smith, Black Woman CEO Intensive: How to Attract Online Clients
The biggest lesson I learned from creating my product is that I could leverage information I’ve been selling & delivering verbally through coaching as a digital product. Therefore, I didn’t have to create a new product from scratch, but repurpose & repackage content into a product for clients who have a specific need for a few pieces of the larger process I offer. Through this approach, I was able to market and launch my product sooner than I expected as well as generate a new source of revenue.
I share these stories because I want to encourage you to take action over the next 6 months.
Just like these ladies, you have something growing inside of you to share. And, when you keep those things inside of you, you’re not helping the people you’re meant to help.
As a former teacher, I know firsthand the value of sharing information with someone else. It really has the power to change their lives.
So, set a goal, take action towards it, and remember to focus!
Okey dokey..over to you. In the comments, let us know…
What do you need to spend time focusing on over the next 6 months?
What will success look like for you on December 31, 2016?