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What’s Your Procrastination Telling You?

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You should be writing your next Kindle book or editing your sales copy. You should be recording the first few episodes of your podcast or working on your website relaunch. But you’re doing not these tasks.

In fact, you find a million reasons not to do them. You tell yourself you’ll come back to it later. You decide that now’s the perfect time to update all your social media profiles with a fresh avatar. While you’re at it, you pause to clean out your inbox because it’s overflowing with messages.

Next thing you know, the day has ended. As your head hits the pillow, you remember you still haven’t conquered the task that’s nagging at you. You’ll get it tomorrow you tell yourself but the next day, you’re doing the exact same thing.

Avoiding tasks you should do is known as procrastination. Most solopreneurs and small business owners think that procrastination is a bad thing. You might believe that, too. But procrastination is actually a valuable warning signal.

You take your car to a mechanic for evaluation when you see the “check engine” light and you should do the same thing with procrastination. When you first feel it, you need to slow down and evaluate what’s really holding you back.

Procrastination is inner resistance. It’s a sign that your subconscious is speaking and you need to listen. Often, procrastination is telling you one of these things:

You’re ready to change direction.

Maybe you originally started your business so you could teach solopreneurs and online business owners how to DIY their websites. But you’ve come to realize that your true gift is coaching solopreneurs and showing them how to make more money form their business.

Your project or client isn’t a good fit.

Maybe you wanted to work with this client because they’re an industry name. Maybe you took on their project because you needed the cash. Now you find yourself procrastinating and wondering why you can’t “just do it”.

Your work no longer challenges you.

You use to feel energized by your work. It was a challenge and you loved it. But now, that’s changed. You’ve been doing one thing for so long that it no longer excites you and this makes you realize you’re bored with your current projects.

You’re afraid of success or failure.

At the root of procrastination, some solopreneurs and small business owners find they’re afraid of success or failure. That’s because success and failure represent change and change feels scary. You worry that if you succeed, you won’t be able to duplicate your success. You fret that if you fail, you’ll be embarrassed and disappointed.

When you’re tempted to procrastinate on a project, don’t give into the urge and fill the rest of your time with distracting activities. Instead, try to find a quiet place where you can journal or color. Give yourself permission to listen to your subconscious mind as your hand moves across the page. You’ll be surprised at how clearly you can hear your subconscious when you pause to listen.

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Understanding Your Procrastination Style

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There are many reasons solopreneurs and business owners procrastinate. It could be due to perfectionism, overwhelm, or problems prioritizing. The key to overcoming procrastination is learning what your procrastination style is and how to deal with it. Once you’re armed with this information, you’ll find it easier to defeat procrastination and get back on track.

It’s Time to Put Down the Cape, Super Woman

It would be an understatement to say you have a lot on your plate. You have so much to do that your plate is overflowing with tasks. Your to do lists are usually a mile long. You’re always in motion, bouncing between projects and deadlines. You take on too much and usually, you don’t realize that until it’s too late. You may procrastinate by avoiding your to do list or working on tasks that are necessary but in the long run, won’t make you money.

Your Struggle Is: Refusing to Delegate.

Take a deep breath and take a critical look at your to do list right now. Ask yourself what tasks are ones that only you can do, like coaching your clients or creating your new service package. But if a task doesn’t require your attention, consider delegating it. You can delegate by hiring a virtual assistant or taking on an intern that’s interested in your niche.

Stop Being a Perfectionist with Your Projects

Not only do you feel the pressure to get everything done on your to do list, you also feel pressure to have it done perfectly. You hate doing anything that you don’t deem your best work and you’re continually finding flaws in the finished project. You may procrastinate by telling yourself you’ll release your coaching program after you’ve polished your copy one last time or gotten two more testimonials.

Your Struggle Is: Failing to Launch.

Launching a new product or service is scary. You may find it helps to hire a coach that will encourage you to launch version 1.0 and upgrade your offering later on. You could also try setting a public deadline. Let the world know when they can expect your product and stick to that date, no matter what.

Being A People Pleaser Means Your Needs Are Ignored

Whenever someone presents you with a new idea or project, you jump on it. You’re enthusiastic and you love getting to say, “Yes”. The problem is if you say, “Yes” to everything, you end up saying, “No” to important things. You may procrastinate by taking on someone else’s workload instead of tackling your own. You tell yourself you’ll work on growing your business as soon as you finish this marketing task for a client.

Your Struggle Is: Failing to Prioritize.

You put others’ needs and wants before your own. In some cases, this is admirable and it comes from a good place. But if you want to succeed with your business, you have to become ruthless and willing to cut projects and clients that aren’t right for you. Stop trying to fit your work around everyone else’s needs. Instead, do your work first and if you have extra time and energy, you can invest in helping someone else.

Procrastination is not a diagnosis. Rather, it’s a symptom of something else that you need to address. Once you understand the root cause of your procrastination, you can begin to beat it and get back to being productive.

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Developing Systems To Help You Manage Procrastination

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Sometimes, procrastination is caused because your business isn’t organized. You put off starting a task because you can’t find the materials you need or you aren’t sure when that appointment was scheduled or when your next invoice is due to be sent.

As a solopreneur and small business owner, you may struggle to be organized. You spend the day spent bouncing from task to task with no billable hours completed. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can get organized with your projects so you spend more time growing your business and serving your community. Here are four quick tips to help cull the chaos and create systems that help you manage procrastination:

Store Your Ideas

You had an idea for your next Kindle book or discovered a topic you were fired up to share with your community. The only problem is you lost your note because you didn’t have a way to store it and easily find it again.

One option is to create a simple system with Evernote folders; one for Now, one for Next and one for Someday Maybe.

You could also create a board in Trello and create cards for Now, Next, and Someday Maybe, then move the project cards around as you move forward with your ideas.

Seeing it visually may help you choose what you need to focus on right now. It also gives you an easy way to find your ideas again when it’s time to implement something new in your business…

Make It Easy to Book Appointments

If you offer services for clients, then you need a simple way to book appointments. Otherwise, you’ll spend a lot of time going back and forth over email or chat, trying to find a time that works for both your client and you.

Instead, create a calendar with free time periods on it through a service like SimplyBook.me. Clients can look at your schedule and see what appointment times that they’d like to book. You’ll get an email sent to you when anyone books time with you, so you don’t have to worry about missing important client meetings.

Opt for a Project Management System

Project management systems can be useful if you’re collaborating on a product with another solopreneur. You may also want to use one if you provide services for your clients. Use Trello or Asana to set up deadlines, assign tasks, check in on your project status, and share files as needed.

Don’t Miss Follow Up Opportunities

Not following up with an affiliate or business partner can cause you to lose out on valuable opportunities. If you’d like to approach another solopreneur about creating a joint venture in a few months, go ahead and put a reminder on your calendar.

You can do the same with clients that you’d like to work with again. Simply put their name on your calendar so you remember to reach out to them again. If possible, have a digital reminder sent to your email so you know when it’s time to follow up.

Pay attention to the tasks that you tend to procrastinate on. Then look for apps and websites that can complete the task for you quickly and easily.

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Beat Procrastination By Finding An Accountability Partner

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Solopreneurs and small business owners are unique in that they don’t have to answer to anyone for their time except the occasional hourly client. This gives you plenty of freedom and allows you to live your life on your own schedule. If you want to take a day off in the middle of the week, you can. If you want to spend a few hours at your favorite store, like Target or only work half a day so you can take your child to the dentist, you don’t have to ask anyone’s permission. You can simply go.

While this type of work freedom is exciting and enjoyable, it has a down side, too. It can be easier to procrastinate because no one’s looking over your shoulder, making sure you’re still on track with your projects.

If you’re prone to procrastination and you work as a solopreneur, you may need an accountability partner. By working together, you can keep each other focused and productive. Plus, an accountability partner will understand what it’s like to run an online business so you also have a business advisor you can turn to. But you shouldn’t just pick just anyone to be your accountability partner. There are certain things you want in a partner that you should keep in mind.

Work with someone that feels like a friend.

If you don’t like the other person, you’re not likely to make your partnership last very long. You need someone that you could be friends with. Maybe you’re both work at home mothers. Maybe you’re both committed to leveling up your businesses in the next year. Maybe you both have the same wacky sense of humor or the same taste in fabulous shoes. It doesn’t matter what bonds you. It just matters that you enjoy hanging out with your accountability partner.

Pick someone positive.

Your attitude affects every area of your life, including your business. If you choose accountability partner that always focuses on the negative, your own attitude will become negative, too. As a result, you’ll embrace a mindset that will prevent you from reaching the success you want.

When you’ve finished a conversation with one of your accountability partners, you should feel uplifted and encouraged. Obviously, not everyone can be positive all the time. But if you notice that more than 20% of your conversations are negative, then you may want to bring this up during your next meeting. If your accountability partner isn’t willing to stop the negativity, you may want to keep an eye out for someone more uplifting.

Choose someone you trust.

A big part of being accountability partners is sharing your hopes and dreams. That’s why you want to find someone that you trust and that believes in you. You don’t want to discover that your accountability partner has been talking about your business behind your back or find out she’s decided to use that awesome idea you shared in confidence.

Follow up regularly.

An accountability partnership will only help you if you commit to it. You and your partner should be following up with each other every week or every other week. It doesn’t matter if you opt to meet on Skype or if you have coffee together in person. The important thing is that you and your partner are intentional about meeting up.

Keep in mind that a partnership goes both ways. While you want to find someone that will support you, you also need to choose a partner that you believe in and are willing to support, even in the tough stuff.

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Failing Forward

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Have you ever wondered why everyone faces failure but some people let it stop them in their tracks and others let it propel them forward?  It’s all about mindset and how each individual thinks and reacts to failure that makes all the difference. Here are three tips for surviving failure and learning to fail forward.

  1. Learn from mistakes.

Human nature makes us want to hide in embarrassment if we mess up and make mistakes. Instead of doing that, view mistakes a stepping stone. There’s always growth to be made from a mistake(s)!

For example, let’s say you’re an online business owner and have just released a new information product. You thought the sales would come in quicker and that there would be more than there were.  You made the mistake of not setting up a sales page and instead just wrote a quick blog post about it with a buy now button.  So you know what the mistake was, it’s a matter of fixing that and learning that it’s a good idea to always have a sales page for every product you create.  It’s all about testing and tweaking!

Let’s look at another example: say you’re a service provider and have taken on too much work. You’ve made a mistake and missed a deadline. Instead of being embarrassed and ashamed about the mistake, learn from it. You now know you can’t take too much on because you’re only one person and there are only so many hours in the day. This mistake can also be a great teacher of integrity and responsibility – you need to do the right thing, fess up and be honest with the client you missed the deadline with.

The best things about mistakes, aside from them being an opportunity for growth, is that once you’ve done it once you know what not to do again 😉

2. Letting go of what didn’t work.

Face it, not everything you try is going to work. That’s okay! It doesn’t have to be a stumbling block. Instead you have to learn to just let it go and move on. It’s not always easy to do this but once you learn how to do it and practice doing it regularly, it’ll be easier and more natural for you. There’s a lot more that can be said about this, but we’ll keep it simple and leave it at this.

3. Not beating yourself up.

The negative self-talk doesn’t do you any good. What’s the point of continuously feeding quarters to the butt kicking machine so you can keep beating yourself up? Is it helping you move on from the failure or disappointment? No. Instead, you’re spending valuable energy and time focusing on the failure and now you’ve probably escalated it into ‘oh well I’m a failure at everything’ or ‘I can’t do anything right’.  Stop! You know as well as I do that’s not true. You’ve had your pity party now it’s time to stop beating yourself up and move along!  Instead of beating yourself up, look at the positives of the situation – what you learned, the mistake(s) you don’t have to make again because it’s out of the way now, etc.

Just remember – failure is something that is going to happen, it can’t be avoided. But it’s up to you to choose how you respond – give up or keep going. These three tips can help you keep your momentum going and not let failure or disappointment stop you in your tracks, but instead help you fail forward!

And now I’ll leave you with this quote to think about:

“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” – Denis Waitley

 

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Are You Too Attached To The Outcome?

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There’s a popular quote that’s been floating around for a long time:

“Never get too attached to someone, because attachments lead to expectations and expectations lead to disappointments.” –author unknown

In this case, let’s replace the word someone with something or the outcome. The point is that being too attached is only going to lead to disappointment.

For example, let’s say you’re a coach and have just brought on a new coaching client. Someone who is full of potential, has amazing ideas, is a go getter and you can’t wait to help them move their business forward and to the next level. You know she will succeed with your coaching, guidance and step-by-step action plan.

Instead she ends up sabotaging herself. She finds excuse after excuse why she can’t follow the action plan you’ve not only suggested, but proven over and over from testimonials of other clients that it works. She ended up letting her business stay stagnant and wasn’t willing to step out of her comfort zone to move to the next level.

What happened? Did you end up taking it personally that she didn’t succeed? Did you end up feeling like a failure as a coach? More than likely the answer is yes and that’s because you were too attached to the outcome.

In order to get through failure and disappointment it’s essential that we learn how to not be too attached to an outcome. It’s not easy. But it can be achieved. The question is how? Here are some things you can do to work on not becoming too attached to something or an outcome:

Acceptance – accepting that things are okay the way they are is a great place to start. Learn to accept the way a situation turned out is how it was meant to turn out and forget how you thought things should go.

Be present – don’t dwell in the past or think about the future, instead focus on being present and enjoying the moment. Make the most of what you’re doing. When you dwell on what you could have done in the past or what you could do in the future to change something, you’re still too attached to that outcome. By practicing being present in the moment and making the most of it, you’re practicing detachment from an outcome.

Gratitude – practice being grateful of everything around you, even if something isn’t going as you had planned. For example, who likes getting bills in the mail? Nobody. But instead of focusing on how if you had gotten that dream job you interviewed for (too attached to the outcome) paying the bills would be a breeze, instead be grateful that you have a job and can pay those bills.

Question yourself – this one is an important tip. When you find that you’re attached to an outcome question yourself why. For example, have you fell into believing an illusion that if you had gotten that dream job life would be easier and you would finally be happy? Dig deep and figure out why you’re thinking the way you are.

Life is short; don’t spend it wasting your precious energy on something you probably have no control over anyway – the outcome of something. Sure, sometimes you can control it but most of the time you can’t. Keep practicing and eventually you’ll be able to let go of attachment to outcomes and find yourself being content, experiencing less disappointments and feeling happier.

 

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How To Reframe Negative Situations

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Self talk – it’s the inner sound track of your mind.  Sadly, a majority of people have a negative self talk track that plays over and over in their head. And interestingly, what most of those people say to themselves they would never dream of saying to someone else! Negative self talk is so harmful and useless!

Consider the following 7 situations and see how negative self talk compares to positive self talk.

  1. It’s the afternoon, your mind isn’t moving as fast and it’s harder to focus:

*Negative self talk: here come my afternoon blahs. I’m not going to get anything done now.
*Positive self talk: I feel the afternoon drowsies coming, time to take a break and clear my head.

  1. A client emails you with corrections for a project you turned in the day before:

*Negative self talk: oh no – she must think I’m an idiot.
*Positive self talk: Great, I can fix these up and get them back to her in no time.

  1. You realize you forgot to put clothes in the dryer last night:

*Negative self talk: what is the matter with me? Why can’t I do anything right? I have nothing to wear!
*Positive self talk: oh well. Now I have an excuse to wear a nice dress to run my errands.

  1. Your mother gives you a back handed compliment on your new hairdo with her usual criticism chaser:

*Negative self talk: nothing is ever good enough for her – I’m such a disappointment, why bother anymore?
*Positive self talk: as usual, mom can’t be pleased – oh well – I like it!

  1. You find out a group of friends got together for coffee and you weren’t invited:

*Negative self talk: they must not like me. I wonder what I did to make them made at me?
*Positive self talk: bet they had a nice visit. I’m going to remind them to call me up next time.

  1. You have worked really hard exercising regularly and eating healthy daily. You weigh in only to find the scale shows a gain:

*Negative self talk: what’s the point, why do I even bother exercising and eating healthy? Clearly it’s not working because I gained instead of lost.
*Positive self talk: the scale might not show a loss but I feel great, my clothes are getting looser, I have more energy, and like being active and all the nutritious healthy food I’m feeding my body.

  1. You spent hours & lots of time & energy creating and putting together a new product for your market. The launch is a flop and you only sold one.

*Negative self talk: I knew it – I’m a failure at this. Nothing I do is working. I might as well throw in the towel.
*Positive self talk: hey, I put a product together and released it. I did it. I stepped out of my comfort zone and did it. So what only one person bought it so far? That just means I need to market it more and get some people to help me promote it.

Now that you’ve looked at these 7 examples, what did the negative self talk do? Did it make you feel worse and down and just blah? That’s what happens. Negativity breeds negativity. But when you looked at the positive self talk for each situation, didn’t it make you feel empowered, happy and better about yourself?

That’s the point! It’s crucial to our health (and sanity!) that we begin to practice a positive self talk track and replace the negative one. It’s not always easy to do but every time you catch yourself playing the negative track, stop and switch to a positive one instead.

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WordPress Security Part Two: Keep Themes & Plugins Updated

 

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When it comes to WordPress security, themes and plugins play an important role. If you forget to update them, then you’ll have outdated code sitting on your server. Hackers spend their time looking for websites with vulnerabilities like old coding. Once they find a website that’s not current, all it takes is a little bit of time for this weakness to be exploited.

You don’t have to be a victim to the next hacker that eyes your site. Taking a few simple security cautions like the ones listed below can keep your site safe:

Updating Your Plugins & Themes

Start by keeping your plugins and themes updated. If you’ve downloaded your plugins through the WordPress directory, then login to your site and click on the plugins menu on the left side of your dashboard.

Once you’ve done that, select all of your plugins and click on the ‘Bulk Actions’ dropdown menu. Click ‘Update’ then the ‘Apply’ button. If everything is up to date then nothing will happen. But if your plugins are in need of updates, WordPress will start downloading them.

Next, click the ‘Appearance’ link on the left side of your dashboard. This will show you all of the themes you have installed. If you notice any themes with an update banner, then click on them so WordPress can download the latest version of your theme.

Cleaning Out Themes & Plugins

After you’ve finished updating your themes, look through them. Are there any themes you’re no longer using that can be deleted? If you find an old theme you heavily customized, you can download a copy of it through your web host’s cPanel or through an FTP program like Filezilla.

Now that you’ve removed unnecessary themes, it’s time to tackle your plugins. If there are plugins you’ve deactivated and haven’t used in 6 months, delete them from your site.

You should also check if you have two or more plugins doing the same job. For example, WordFence protects against brute force hacks. But if you’ve also installed Brute Force Login Protection then you have two plugins serving the same function. You should pick one of these plugins to keep and one to delete.

Following up with Security

Once you’ve updated your plugins and themes, follow WordPress blogs that cover security so you’re always knowledgeable about the latest threats. Start by following the official WordPress blog so you’ll know when new bug fixes are released.

The WordFence Blog is filled with helpful information on how to protect your site. They regularly share which themes and plugins contain vulnerabilities. The Sucuri Blog also offers security tips for all websites and has a special WordPress security category.

Themes and plugins have a lot to offer WordPress users. You can change the look and feel of your website and add special functions with the click of a few buttons. But that doesn’t mean that these tools are always safe. It’s important you do your own research before you download and install anything on your website.

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WordPress Security Part One: Upgrades, Security Plugins/Monitoring Services, Hiring Someone

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WordPress Security Part One: Upgrades, Security Plugins/Monitoring Services, Hiring Someone

Many websites today are built using WordPress. This content management system (CMS) makes it easy for you to blog, sell digital or tangible products, update your website, and so much more. But like every other type of software, WordPress can be vulnerable to attack if you aren’t paying attention to your website security.

Don’t Ignore Upgrades

One of the simplest ways to keep your WordPress website running smoothly is to upgrade the software. When WordPress is ready for an upgrade, you’ll see the word ‘updates’ and a number, like this: update (1). You’ll see this on left side of your dashboard or at the top of your admin bar.

Click on the updates button and WordPress will guide you through what to do next. But before you upgrade, you should pause to make sure you have a recent backup of your website. This ensures that if anything breaks during the upgrade process, you can easily fix it.

Don’t wait too long between upgrades. Not only can this cause your website to break, it can leave you vulnerable. After every update, WordPress releases a list of bugs fixed. Some of these bugs are vulnerabilities that a hacker could exploit. That’s why you should always update as soon as you can.

Install Security Plugins

You don’t have to tackle WordPress security on your own. There are plenty of security plugins that can help you. WordFence is the most popular option and it continually scans your website looking for vulnerabilities. If it does encounter a security lapse, you’ll get an email so you know the moment it happens. The plugin is free but you can upgrade if you decide you need more support.

Another security plugin that’s popular is Bulletproof Security. It will notify the admin user if any infections within your website are detected. It also caches the pages of your website so they load faster for your visitors. There’s an auto update feature with this plugin so you don’t have to worry about updating to the latest version. Bulletproof Security is free but you can upgrade if you want to extra support.

Hiring a Security Expert

Your website is the heart of your business. If you want to keep it healthy, hiring a WordPress security expert is the way to go. When you hire your expert, ask who’s responsible for back-ups. If you’ll be the one backing the site up, ask for step by step instructions to ensure you’re doing it correctly.

Another option is to hire a security team like Sucuri. Sucuri is a trusted name in the computer security industry and they offer website malware removal for an annual fee. In the event your website is attacked by a hacker, you’ll have a team cleaning it in less than twenty-four hours.

The worst thing you can do for your website security is to stick your head in the sand like an ostrich. Ignoring security problems won’t make them disappear. But with the right tools, you can tackle any threat that comes your website’s way.

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