Monthly Archives: February 2014

The 3 Visionary Powers of Entrepreneurs

Guest blog post by Julie Ann Turner

Did you know that high-achieving entrepreneurs, creators, leaders and visionaries inevitably share Visionary Powers?

In many ways, these powers can serve you – they are among your greatest strengths …GuestBlogPost_02

Yet these same powers carry a potential hidden downside that can actually hold you back from sharing those very same strengths with your tribe – those who need your gifts and guidance most – and therefore, from building your business.

To help you ensure YOUR powers serve you (and help you serve your tribe) instead of hold you back, I’ve created the following guide to understanding which of the powers you are, along with my tips for avoiding their potential downsides. Continue reading

25 Ways to Add More Creativity in Your Biz

If you ever have one of those days when you’re absolutely dragging, and feel like you don’t have a creative bone in your body (or maybe it’s one of those REALLY bad days when you feel like you may never be creative again) or maybe you just need a new perspective on something, take heart — these 25 tips may be just the ticket you need to rev up your creativity, and get those ideas sparking again! Continue reading

Life, Biz & the Pursuit of Happiness — Start, stop and start again

I started this column on the blog the summer of 2011, stopped it almost as fast as I started it, and now 2 1/2 years later, it’s poked its head back up to let me know it’s time to brush it off and bring it back.DoItForYou_04

I didn’t realize this back then, but that summer of 2011 was the calm before the storm. At the time, I had made a decision to finally embrace my blog and turn it into the centerpiece of my marketing efforts, and this column was going to be one of the ways I was going to do that.

Instead, I started on a little over 2-year journey where everything in my life pretty much fell apart, only to eventually come together in a stronger, more powerful and more beautiful way — and even more amazingly, in a way I never would have dreamed was even possible. Continue reading

The Writing Life — Just Write

This week my spiritual mentor Christine Arylo (if you want to learn more about her you can listen to my podcast interview with her here) told me to “just write.”PenInk_150

So a little background. One of my morning practices is to work with Tarot cards. (Morning practices are practices to help you get started with your day on the right foot — so things like meditating, journaling, praying, are all good morning practices. What isn’t a good morning practice? Grabbing a cup of coffee and checking email. Just sayin’.) One of the cards that started showing up a lot in the last week is “Brother Wind.”

In Tarot, both “wind” and “brother” represent intellect. (Note — there are a lot of different variations of Tarot and this is way too complicated of a topic to get into here, but to give you some context — Tarot has been around for a reeeaaalllly long time and our modern day playing cards are derived from the Tarot. The suit of wind is also known as swords or spades. Brother is also known as Jacks or Princes.) Continue reading

3 Powerful Shifts that can add 100K to your revenue in 2014

Guest blog post by Bill Baren

Today we’re going to talk about the financial goals. Probably the least sexy and most important aspect of running your business.

Without the income you have no business. So what’s a business owner to do? Today I want to offer you 3 mindset shifts for making sure 2014 is your best year for your business.GuestBlogPost_03

Now warning –these tips are going to require a Big Shift in your mindset, and how you approach your business.  As entrepreneurs the name of the game we’re playing is one of constantly expanding and growing our mindset.  What gets you here definitely won’t get you there.  What gets you to the 100K mark is not going to be the same mindset that gets you to 250K, 500K, 1MM, and so on.

Are you ready?  Okay – lets go! Continue reading

Business Success Lessons Learned From Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson

While it’s true I love watching football because I love the game, what I also love about football is that it teaches life/biz lessons. Many things we face as biz owners — like overcoming (or not overcoming) the obstacles in our heads — you can actually watch unfold on a football field. (Whereas it may be a bit trickier watching an entrepreneur work on a mindset block.)

And that’s why I love the story of Russell Wilson.

In case you hadn’t heard, the Seattle Seahawks just won the Super Bowl, and Russell Wilson is the quarterback.

Now, what you may not have known is there was an excellent chance Russell Wilson wouldn’t have ever been drafted.

I know the story well because I’m a Wisconsin Badger fan, and Wilson transferred to Wisconsin for his senior year and was probably the best quarterback the Badgers ever had (and maybe ever will). Continue reading

PW Unplugged Radio — Bill Baren and What does it mean to be a conscious entrepreneur?

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In today’s episode of PW Unplugged Radio, my guest Bill and I chat about what it means to be a conscious entrepreneur and how that can impact how much money you’re making. Yes conscious entrepreneurs seem to struggle more with making money than what I call “traditional” entrepreneurs and why IS that? We dig into all of that in more in this juicy interview.

Plus Bill and I worked out a special deal where I have 15 tickets to give away to his upcoming event, The Big Shift Experience in San Francisco (a $997 value — and no you don’t even need to give a no-show deposit). I’ll be there too and would love to meet you if you can make it. You can learn more about the event here: www.bigshiftexperience.com, but don’t buy there. Instead you can claim your free ticket right here: http://bigshiftexperience.com/michele

You can hear all about it and more on this week’s podcast. Just click here to download or Listen:

Ask PW — How do I come up with content for my blogs?

This is another question that not only do I hear all the time BUT has a 2-part answer to it. (And if you don’t see your question or you’re still not sure about something, please feel free to post a question here or email at Ask@MichelePW.com)MPW Ask PW 2

I’ll talk about one of the answers this week, which is how to create your own content.

First off, committing to regularly writing a blog may feel overwhelming at this point to you. If this is you, stop and take a deep breath. It’s truly easier than you think. Once you get into a habit of creating regular content, your subconscious really will rise to the occasion and help you create it. Continue reading

The Writing Life — Loving the Journey

Today’s post is not only in honor of all the love swirling around for Valentine’s Day but also in honor of a comment from Shalini Yamdagni last week talking about enjoying the journey.PenInk_150

And YES I should have trusted the journey. If you’ve been reading this column regularly, you already know how frustrated I’ve been with my lack of progress writing my books in 2014.

A big reason has been this nasty cold I just haven’t been able to shake. In fact, I started getting a relapse late last week, which just added to my frustration. Continue reading

Are You Being a Good Friend…To Yourself? 3 Questions and Daring Acts for Making Sure You Receive the Love You Need, From Yourself

Guest blog post by Christine Arylo

Be kind to others. Show up and be supportive. Be there unconditionally and without judgment when your friends are having a hard time. Tell your friend the truth, even when it’s hard. Remember to celebrate you friends. Cheerlead for them, inspire them to go for their dreams. Respect you friends, honor them, appreciate them, be compassionate – in other words love them. 

These are the rules of being a good friend. And while you may not be perfect at always showing up as a good friend for others, you know how to love others well. And when you do show up as a good friend, you feel good about yourself. Proud. Like you are doing a good thing, being a good person. Because you believe that giving love to others is a good thing.

But take that love and friendship and apply it to yourself and something different happens. Suddenly you feel guilty for taking care of yourself, selfish for choosing yourself first, and shy about tooting your own horn. Giving love to yourself in the forms you need it most – compassion, appreciation, nurturing, pleasure, etc. – feels wrong, weird and uncomfortable. In situations where you’d have no problem telling a friend to take a break, stop working, leave a relationship, or go for her dreams, you just cannot seem to give yourself permission to do what you really need. Until now.

This February, I invite you to take a stand for the most important relationship in your life – the one with yourself – by saying YES! to becoming a really good friend – maybe even a best friend – to yourself, and start making sure you receive love you need, no matter what. There’s nothing selfish about that. For the better friend you are to yourself, the more you fill yourself up with love, the more you will be able to give to others.

You will be both a giver and receiver of love!

3 Simple but Mighty Self-Love Practices for Being Your Own B.F.F.
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Quiz: Which Social Networking Platform is Right for You? Part 2

Last week, I put together a simple quiz you can take to figure out which social networking platform is the place for you. If you want to see the quiz plus the explanation AROUND the quiz (yes, there is a reason other than the entertainment value — it not only helps you use each social networking platform more successfully, but it also helps you structure your time better, so you get the results you’re looking for), you’ll want to check out part 1 right here..

Let’s jump right in.

If you’re a 3: LinkedIn.
You prefer small intimate cocktail parties or dinner parties where you can engage in deep conversations with a few close friends.

You’ve got to hand it to LinkedIn. They were one of the first social networking sites, and unlike a lot of their peers (can you say MySpace?) they’re STILL considered one of THE top social networking sites.

In my experience, pretty much every entrepreneur I’ve run into is either in the Facebook camp or LinkedIn camp. They may have accounts set up on both, but they very clearly prefer one over the other (which means the one they don’t prefer usually gets the shaft).

And while I haven’t personally experienced it (since I tend to prefer the less button-down nature of Facebook), I know plenty of folks who have gotten leads and clients from LinkedIn. So it too seems to be a hot place to showcase your business. Plus, LinkedIn does do a decent job of sending you blog traffic.

In addition, the other thing LinkedIn has going for it is “staying ability.” Who knows if Facebook really will weather the storm of kids thinking it’s “not cool?” But LinkedIn has managed to carve out its own unique category that (at this moment) appears to have some serious staying power.

One of the things I want to do this year is learn how to use my LinkedIn account more effectively. And if this is something you too are interested in then stay tuned — I’m planning to interview a LinkedIn expert on PW Unplugged in the near future!

If you’re a 4: Pinterest.
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PW Unplugged Radio – Christine Arylo “What’s love got to do with biz?”

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On today’s episode of PW Unplugged Radio, my guest Christine Arylo and I dished on all the ways that loving yourself can actually grow your biz! Yes! You read that right. The more you improve the relationship with yourself, the more your biz will transform (goodbye overwhelm and burnout, hello feeling energized and excited about your biz) and the more money you’ll make.

So if you’ve been feeling like you’ve fallen out of love with your biz (or maybe your biz has fallen out of love with you) this is the perfect podcast to get that lovin’ feeling back. (And just in time for Valentine’s Day!)

Plus Christine invited you all to a free party she’s having on Feb 13 (which just happens to be International Self Love Day) — get all the deets and RSVP right here.

You can hear all about it and more on this week’s podcast. Just click here to download or Listen:

Ask PW — How do I get started blogging?

This is another blogging question I hear a lot. (And if you don’t see your question or you’re still not sure about something, please feel free to post a question here or email at Ask@MichelePW.com)

So there is definitely a tech part to this question, which isn’t my expertise (except to say that you should have the blog hosted on YOUR domain with YOUR url — don’t just sign up for a WordPress account and have WordPress host it).

But I want to talk about the mindset part of getting started. Because quite frankly, technically setting up a blog isn’t that difficult or expensive (a technical virtual assistant can get you set up pretty quickly and cheaply) — what IS difficult is making sure you will actually BLOG on a regular basis. (Because, and I know you know this, just having a blog isn’t going to do anything for you unless you’re actually posting on a regular basis.)

So before you go through the trouble of getting a blog step up, take a moment and make sure you have the following covered.

* How often can you commit to post something on your blog? (Once a week is really the minimum, if it’s less than that you’re not going to get much of the benefits of blogging.)

* Now, remember it doesn’t have to be YOU doing all the blogging. You CAN have someone ghostwrite for you, you can post content from guest bloggers, you can post videos, you can post a podcast, you can do a mix of the above, etc. But you should determine where you’re going to be getting the content before you get started — otherwise when it comes time to post something and you don’t have anything that can be super stressful.

* Are you ready to do this for the long-term? Blogging isn’t a quick fix or a short-term solution, so if you’re looking for a quick hit (or you NEED cash fast or you’re going out of biz) then blogging isn’t necessarily the answer. But if you’re looking for a long-term strategy to grow your biz and build your community a blog could very well be the answer.

So now how do you feel? Are you still in?

What are your thoughts about blogging? Do you have any tips that have worked for you? Please share below in the comment section. Or if you have a question about marketing, business or writing copy, feel free to put in the comment section and I’ll answer those in a future Ask PW column.