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The Joys of Outsourcing

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In this tough economy outsourcing has become a four letter word. But do you realize how many tasks you outsource on a daily basis? Think about it. When is the last time you slaughtered a cow to have steak for dinner? When is the last time you took your trash to a landfill? Have you ever used daycare? Outsourcing happens every day and everyone uses it. Yet I still hear clients complain about not having enough time to get everything done.  This is where strategic outsourcing comes into play. Say you are running a business. And you are a solo operation. You keep track of finances, review contracts, write proposals, perform the work and take out the trash. But the only thing that is making you money is performing the work. Now what if you hired an attorney to review your contracts? And that frees up, let’s say 3 hours in your week. What about a business account to balance your books? That may save you another 3-5 hours in your week. What about an assistant to help write proposals and perform other duties that zap your time? What could you do with that extra time? Close more deals? Spend more time with family? Go on a vacation? Think of outsourcing has a tool. When used correctly, it can have a profound impact on your business and perhaps create a work-life balance that is ideal. If you need assistance with identifying ways to create that balance for yourself, contact me at truechangelifecoach@gmail.com for a free introductory coaching session. Reach out today!

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Why I Transitioned to Coaching

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Long before I became a life coach, long before I became a psychotherapist, I was in the IT industry. I worked for a Fortune 500 company as a software tester. I enjoyed being around my co-workers. The benefits were excellent. And I was well paid. But the work was unfulfilling.  I would come home at night and think, “Is this all there is?” So one day I decided to do some research. I attended a career exploration workshop and discovered that the career I picked wasn’t for me. Though I am an introvert, I truly enjoy helping people.

So I did more research and decided to pursue a degree in psychology. I completed my degree and obtained my license. During the process of obtaining my license, I worked with a lot of mentally unhealthy people. I also pursued the license to treat sex offenders. As you can imagine, I have heard a lot of horror stories and have helped to heal a lot of broken lives. During the process I learned several things. I learned that I don’t work well with certain populations. And that’s okay. Any therapist or coach worth his salt will tell you that you’re not a perfect fit for every client and not every client is a perfect fit for you. I learned that I need balance. Dealing with traumatic issues on a consistent basis will take a toll. I also learned that not everyone who needs help has to be mentally unstable. There are plenty of healthy people out there who need a push in the right direction. Perhaps to gain a bit of clarity in their lives. So I decided to become a life coach. I experience great joy when I see my clients make goals and achieve significant breakthroughs. It’s a win-win situation. And who doesn’t love a win? So if you are really to make some changes in your life and want a free introductory session, contact me at truechangelifecoach@gmail.com. I made some changes in my life. Isn’t it time you made some changes in yours?

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No Excuses!

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Is there really any excuse not to succeed? It amazes me how one person can suffer a minor setback and it throws his whole life into a tailspin. I knew a guy who lost his job. He didn’t find another job right away and became deeply depressed. He started drinking and became an alcoholic. He ended up losing his wife, home, and eventually ended up in a group home. He never fully recovered. He sunk into self pity and despair.

Then you can have someone who suffers a life altering setback like Joni Eareckson Tada. At the age of 18, Joni became paralyzed after a diving accident. Imagine that, 18 and your whole life is ahead of you full of promise. Then you end up in a wheelchair, dependent on others for your basic needs. If you read her story, she admits that she wallowed in self pity for a couple of years. The difference with Joni is she had faith that God would work things out for her and she put her faith into action. She had art waiting to burst onto the canvas. But what do you do when you can’t use your hands or feet? She began painting using her mouth to hold the brush. She also started a Christian ministry for the disabled. She also became a best selling author. All while spending most of her time since the age of 18 in a wheelchair. 

So what does it take to make it after setbacks? It takes faith that God has a plan and He will work it out. It takes action to get off your butt and do the things you need to do to recover from the setback. It takes a mindset that believes you can succeed. It takes a determination to accept no excuses and move forward. Mrs. Tada didn’t accept being a being a quadriplegic as an excuse not to move forward. So stop accepting setbacks or circumstances as an excuse.



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Top 10 Things I Learned at StartUP Marathon 13

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I attended StartUP Marathon 13 this past weekend. I received so much great information that I needed to spend a day just processing all that I learned. And now here are some tidbits I’m going to share with you.

  1. You have to believe that you can accomplish your goals. No one can believe for you.
  2. Focus on your product or service. Outsource the tasks that distract from your focus.
  3. Get professional advice. 
  4. Know how much risk you are willing to take
  5. Have a backup plan. Then have a backup to your backup plan
  6. Identify ways to increase scaleability
  7. If you don’t have a passion for what you are doing, find something else to do
  8. Success will not happen overnight. It takes drive, ambition, and most of all work
  9. There will be times you will feel overwhelmed. Just breathe. It will pass
  10. Marketing brings in customers. Great quality keeps them coming back. 
If you want to learn more about the organization that put together this awesome event, click here .
Though geared towards women, men can use this content as well. If you are a budding entrepreneur and you need some help defining your vision, contact me @ 321-800-8520.
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The Genius of Youtube

Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Youtube is awesome! It’s not just a place where you can find entertainment. It can also be used to learn new skills. And it’s free! Did you know many business schools upload videos of lectures from leaders in industry? Many entrepreneurs also upload videos of tips and tricks to help you grow your business and it increases their credibility as an expert.  Some videos are short, while others are over an hour long. So instead of watching a repeat tonight, watch a few Youtube videos geared towards your business. If on the off chance, there aren’t any geared towards what you’re doing, take the opportunity to create some videos of your own.

Here are a couple of gems I found on entrepreneurship here and here

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Achieving Greatness Is A Choice

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

What are you doing today to get you where you want to be tomorrow? Are you watching the latest episode of that trashy reality show? Or are you working on your latest business plan? Are you going to the club? Or to the latest networking event? Are you staying up burning the midnight oil partying or taking actions to put your plans in motion?

Our choices determine where we are in life and usually how far we reach. This lesson was taught to me numerous times while working in nursing homes. By the way, nursing homes are the great equalizer. Some of my clients were from the upper echelons of society. Others, not so much. But I listened to their stories and it often struck me how for most of them, if they had just made a different choice here or there, they could have achieved greatness. It also struck me how easy it is to become discouraged and give up on the hopes and dreams of youth.

Ultimately, life comes down to choices. The choice to persevere, despite the adversity that comes with achieving greatness. The choice to do the right thing for yourself and others, even if doing the right thing comes at a great price. The choice to go it alone sometimes, until others start to believe in your dream as well.

So what choices are you making today so you can achieve greatness tomorrow?

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