You've probably figured out that I'm a copywriter and marketer who is passionate about scuba diving. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Playing underwater tourist makes me do a happy dance. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Finding lessons from diving that apply to business and life that can help others is my jam.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In my 12+-year diving "career," I've always wanted to go diving on my birthday.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
With more than 600 dives under my belt, January 19th never seemed to work out for a diving adventure.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I'm hopeful that this year is different.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Weather permitting, my dive buddy husband and I are jumping into the deep blue.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I can't wait.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Similar to the Most Interesting Man in the World ad, "I don't always book dives for January, but when I do... it is on my birthday!"⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Crossing my fins for good weather on Saturday, Jan. 19.⠀⠀
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As an entrepreneurial copywriter and marketer, I love what I do. My world is so diverse that I'm always stretching and growing, while I stay focused on meeting goals and deadlines.
Take a look at some of the things I worked on over the past few days, and you may see what I mean. I’ve:
Okay, this isn’t everything I’ve done today, but I’ll stop because I think you get the drift. When you’re focused and driven, you can be quite productive. Of course, some days have unexpected hurdles and obstacles to overcome.
It does seem like the more I have to accomplish for others, the harder I push myself to make sure I’m using my talents and skills to serve my clients. My continual goal is to ensure I help my client and myself successfully reach our dreams.
Lately, I’ve learned that I can only get things done if I integrate my personal relationship with God into the mix. (If you’re not a believer, don’t stop reading. Hear me out. I’m just speaking my truth.)
My mentor Ray Edwards says that God wants us all to prosper. (Gal. 3:20 and 3 John 1:2) Ray encourages everyone to speak this truth aloud daily: “His (God) wealth flows to me in avalanches of abundance. All my needs, desires and goals are met instantaneously with infinite intelligence.”
I believe this truth, especially as I reflect on a small snapshot of what I’ve accomplished today. Otherwise, how on earth could I get it all done?
Here’s another way to look at it. Rachel Hollis says: “Most success occurs because you’re the one that keeps showing up.”
In addition to striving for success and leaning into God throughout each day, I continually write out all my short and long-term goals. I then cross each item off the list as I work through them one at a time.
Like mowing the yard, you can look at your list and see proof of what you’ve achieved.
How can you make sure you’re stretching and growing, while you stay focused on meeting goals and deadlines?
Ask yourself these questions:
This may seem pie in the sky or overwhelming. But I guarantee if you intentionally walk through this exercise, you can see results.
As you may hear me say from time to time: “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time, of course.”
Do you need help strategizing, planning, writing, or achieving your goals? Let me encourage you to hire a coach, copywriter, or marketer—someone like me—and you’re sure to realize more than your dreams. There are many people who can help you achieve your goals. It is simply a matter of finding the right person for you.
Take minute to reach out and schedule a free 30-minute call with me. If I can't help you, I'm certain to know someone who can.
Many of you know that my new habit of four years is lifting weights 5 days per week. (Not Body Pump, but actual weight lifting.)
Every morning when I arrive between 5:15-5:30 there are three people here who inspire me. One is a 64-year-old lady, another is a 74-year-old man, and last but not least is a 95-year-old woman.
Each one of these people are a testament that you CAN achieve whatever you put your mind to.
Think about it, a 95-year-old lifting weights 5 days a week. Seriously?!
What is holding YOU back from achieving your goals, dreams or desires?
If Ms. Macy can do it - YOU CAN, TOO! #WhenIsNowAGoodTimeToStart?
Technology makes working remotely easy. As long as you have a computer, cell phone and Internet connection, you can provide support to clients from any part of the country.
When you’re working as part of any team, everyone needs to take extra steps to ensure true collaboration occurs. This is especially true for virtual teams that are paid or volunteers. Without a cohesive mindset, chaos can quickly ensue and client support can be negatively impacted.
Here are a few tips to always keep top of mind when working within a virtual team.
Build Virtual Trust. Any successful collaboration you have – in work or your personal life – is built upon trust. The way to build trust is by creating positive mutual work experiences and personal interactions. When you prove to your virtual colleagues that they can count on you to follow-through and meet your commitments – credibility and trust grows.
In a virtual team, members typically have no idea about their colleagues work environment, work ethic or personal life. While you can tell each other about your children or home office situation – you can only demonstrate your work ethic. If you exhibit behavior that betrays the trust of others, or you don’t pull your weight – you won’t build the confidence you need to be successful.
Trust is the glue that bonds teams together while building commitment and engagement.
Communicate Effectively. Virtual teams typically work quickly on projects. Dependent upon the size of the account, many people may have interactions with various members of a client’s company. Some may gain insights that others need to know to help efficiently execute deliverables. Meetings may cancel, and deadlines may shift. Feedback may even occur that impacts the scope of project work.
If something you’ve committed to working on cannot be completed due to technical difficulties – perhaps the webinar you’re covering for social posts isn’t delivering good audio or you’re going on vacation and will be unavailable – you need to tell the other members working on your team. Going dark is akin to walking off the job. Being quiet and expecting others to “read your mind” is not effective – especially when clients are watching for the team to fulfill their obligations and commitments.
To keep everyone in the know and ensure client expectations are met – virtual team members MUST efficiently communicate with each other. Communication can occur via emails, text messages, phone calls, Google+ Communities, etc.
Make sure your communication is heard, and you respond when others share something. Acknowledge receipt of a text or email. Let team members know you’re engaged and care about the collective results of the team’s project work.
Establish & Follow Team Expectations. You need to know you can count on others and they can count on you. Team expectations can be achieved by respectfully agreeing to follow standard ways to operate.
Eliminate Background Noise. If you’re participating in a virtual meeting, mute your phone when you’re not talking. Limit background noise and ensure others can hear pertinent information that is being discussed.
Don’t Dominate Conversations. Allow others to provide input. Pause occasionally so others on the call can interject and provide insights and feedback.
Listen Attentively. Multi-tasking is the norm, but it can be very distracting. Try to stay focused on the conversation so you can follow-through on the tasks assigned to you.
Clarify and Ask Questions. If you aren’t clear on your assignments – ask questions until you understand.
Don’t Go Rogue. It is easy to say yes to your virtual team members and then run off and do your own thing. Doing things your own way can quickly create chaos and eliminates the trust you’ve been building. If you have an idea of a better way to do something discuss it with your peers.
Be Punctual. If you have a meeting scheduled for 2 p.m., show up on time. Yes, delays can happen, but they should not consistently occur. Show respect to the people you’re meeting with by showing up on time.
Be Prepared. Carve out a minute to review the topic of the meeting. Jot down notes and be prepared to share your insights during the call. Don’t scramble to catch up during the session just because you didn't do your homework.
Use Common Sense. Your actions and words mean something. How you follow-up and interact with others reflects your professionalism, integrity, and character. Lean on your common sense if you’re uncertain about how to address a situation or how your actions will be received. Better yet, when in doubt – ask others.
At the end of the day, if you’re part of a paid- or volunteer- virtual team, you need to remain committed to collaborating and communicating with others while solving problems quickly. If you can’t follow-through and meet expectations, working as part of a virtual team may not be the right fit for you. But if this works for you, you’re guaranteed to experience great rewards.
You want to be successful in your business and your personal life. For some, this means diving in feet first and hoping for success. For others, it means making a plan and launching it.
With either approach, most of us check the box: project/business launch completed. And we quickly move onto the next thing… Right?! We tend to “set it and forget it,” like a Ron Popeil commercial.
While there may be a handful of people this approach works for, the rest of us typically aren’t as fortunate.
If we want to be successful in anything we do, we need to be continually learning and seeking ways to improve our business and personal life.
Sure, we all know outlandish visionary executives who run through life jumping from one shiny object thing to the next. While they appear to be successful, they actually leave a wake of chaos and destruction in their path. (The image of Pig-Pen from Snoopy comes to mind.)
Shiny-object executives may experience momentary success, but it isn’t sustainable over the long term.
So how can you beat the odds and establish a foundation to propel you forward systematically?
From a marketing perspective, I recommend creating a strategic plan that you follow like a roadmap. But let’s say you already have a plan. How do you ensure forward momentum and keep up with the accelerated pace of today?
Here are a few guidelines to consider following:
I’d love to hear what works for you. What methods do you use for continual learning?