Business Tips and Tricks

Goals on Your Terms

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Happy Friday!  It was a short week for many and for me, this is my last weekend at my part-time job.  It is time to embark on a new journey, one which scares me to death but I am ready because I have an awesome support system….

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The New Year is all about making this year our best and what we’re going to make happen in the next 12 months.  No pressure, right?  We (or at least I do) tend to let external noise and pressure dictate how I’m going to work and grow my business. I know I am not alone after seeing countless posts on my newsfeed with similar messages about how 2017 will be different.images

My question to you is, what are your priorities in 2017? Do you want to take your business to the next level? Or are you looking to grow it in other ways, maybe with consistent sales, building stronger relationships? The the key to commit to what works best for you.

I was working with my new accountability partner, and she said something which really stuck with me – “I know what my goals are for everything in my life but my business.  I really need to pray on it”.  WOW!  She didn’t have the pat answers everyone else had about promoting.  She didn’t just want to quit her FT job.  She really wanted to be walking God’s plan for her life in her business.  It made me realize my answers sometimes look like everyone else’s and I wasn’t sure if they were really my answers….

I came across these questions from Jen Carrington in one of her blogs, which made me reconsider how I wanted my business to look this year on my own terms.

1. What am I proud of in my business and my life this past year?

A good foundation starts by spending a little time with the things you’re already proud of and grateful for in your business and personal life.  This allows you to set goals from a place of peace and positivity.  Ask yourself: what am I proud of this past year in my business and personal life? What have I made happen along the way? Have I responded to struggles, frustrations, and mistakes in a way I am proud of? What goals have I met and achieved? What have I learned and how have I grown?

2. What does growing my business look like for me?

Now get super honest with yourself: what does growing your business look like for you? Forget about the others and find your own definition. Is it reaching new financial goals? Developing and honing your craft? Growing your community and network? Feeling more fulfilled and at peace in your business and creative life and routine?

3. What are the non-negotiables when it comes to the ways I don’t want to grow my business?

I’m not a carrot chaser, so the idea of promoting isn’t the only thing which appeals to me.  So I totally get it.  Sometimes our fear of going against our core values and losing the heart behind our business holds us back from truly reaching our potential or building the business we really want.

So ask yourself: what are the ways you don’t want to grow your business?  Give yourself permission to not go after the things which don’t matter to you. Then you can scale, grow, and evolve in a way which lights you up.

4. How would I like to grow in my business over the next 3-5 years?

This one is hard for me…. I mean I just created my first REAL HONEST vision board for this year.  So when someone asks me, how would I like to grow my business over the next 3-5 years, I develop the stammers…. In 5 years, where would you love to be with your work? What are the big goals you’d like to work towards over the next few years ahead? It’s okay if you don’t have all the answers, but if you have any ideas about what you’d like to work towards in the long run, spend a little time with it so you can connect to the bigger vision.

With everything you discovered in these questions, what would you like to prioritize this year?  What does taking your business to the next level in 2017 on your own terms look like for you?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

 

Hope Wissel

Red Solo Cup

dog TGIFWOOHOO! Today is all about the Red Solo Cup in honor of Friday! How many of you started humming the song “Red Solo Cup”? I do like that song!!!

What do you think of when you think of a red solo cup? Frat parties. The perfect cup for drinking beer. Parties. Beer Pong. Believe it or not, it is actually the perfect cup for many things, especially if you don’t have a measuring cup handy.

red soloSo, you want to make a drink and don’t have a measuring cup…. what is a girl to do? Add your favorite liquor to the first line on the bottom. That equals a shot glass or 1 oz of liquor. Now mix in your favorite mixer.

Or do you want a glass of wine? Okay, if you are like me, you would fill it up to the top, right? I mean you can never have enough wine. BUT if you fill it to the second line, you will have a 5 ounce glass of wine.

Or are you a beer drinker? A 12-ounce bottle of beer will fill the cup to the third line from the bottom. Or if you are using a keg, fill to that line for a traditional mug of beer.

What is the final top line for? Well, if you fill the glass past that, you will definitely spill if all over!

So, this is my end of the week tidbit of information to kick off your weekend. Who is headed out to buy their red solo cup?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Hope Wissel

Happy Fix®

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WOOHOO! It is Friday so let’s get our Happy Fix on!

I met Stacy from Happy Fix (yes it is really an AWESOME company) during a recent virtual workshop.  I loved the concept of her company along with their products.  Here is her story:

“I need a Happy Fix®!” You may have heard or even said this at some point in your life. So what exactly is a Happy Fix? A formal definition doesn’t exist. Why? A Happy Fix is something personal. It varies according to who you are.

To me, Happy Fix is my Happy Fix. I started this company to make the world a better place. Idealistic? Yes. But I am here and passionate about helping people make changes, temporary or permanent, to make their lives better.

Some of us live in a good place. We are generally optimistic. We see the good in people, events and things that surround us. For us a Happy Fix is something that makes a good life even better. Who doesn’t love that first cup of coffee in the morning or a glass of wine with good friends? It may be pulling yourself out of a cruddy moment by throwing on a favorite t-shirt and going for a run. Maybe it’s buying a gift or sending a card to someone who needs a Happy Fix.

For others, life is tough. We get that. Bad things happen to good people. You didn’t win the family lottery. You work in a job that’s not what you love. It’s okay. A Happy Fix for you may require hard work and permanent changes to your life. You may be looking at a new career. You may need to find ways to meet people. We are here to support that and to let you know that you can do this.

I am a product of this philosophy. Happy Fix evolved from a desire to be in control of my own destiny and do something positive in people’s lives. I wanted to actively do something to help people embrace the good that exists in the world and to share that with others. Those who spread Happy Fix are our loyal Happbassadors, our community members who feel as passionately as we do about making the world a better place. We would love for you to join us!

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Hit the reset button on happiness with Happy Fix®.  Their mission is to help you get your Happy Fix. Our products, social media, and events inspire people to use positive thinking and focused action to live the happiest life possible because Happy Feels Good™!

I know, it’s a great catch phrase, but don’t take our word for it: experts at the National Institutes of Health, Harvard University, and the Mayo Clinic correlate happiness to better health, with data showing that positive mood and optimism are linked to better health and well-being.

So check out their website and get your Happy Fix!  

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Hope Wissel

Red Solo Cup

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WOOHOO!  Today is all about the Red Solo Cup in honor of Friday!  How many of you started humming the song “Red Solo Cup”?  I do like that song!!!  Want to hear it, click HERE!

What do you think of when you think of a red solo cup?  Frat parties.  The perfect cup for drinking beer.  Parties.  Beer Pong.  Believe it or not, it is actually the perfect cup for many things, especially if you don’t have a measuring cup handy.

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So, you want to make a drink and don’t have a measuring cup…. what is a girl to do?  Add your favorite liquor to the first line on the bottom.  That equals a shot glass or 1 oz of liquor.  Now mix in your favorite mixer.

Or do you want a glass of wine?  Okay, if you are like me, you would fill it up to the top, right?  I mean you can never have enough wine.  BUT if you fill it to the second line, you will have a 5 ounce glass of wine.

Or are you a beer drinker?  A 12-ounce bottle of beer will fill the cup to the third line from the bottom.  Or if you are using a keg, fill to that line for a traditional mug of beer.

What is the final top line for?  Well, if you fill the glass past that, you will definitely spill if all over!

So, this is my end of the week tidbit of information to kick off your weekend.  Who is headed out to buy their red solo cup?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!