Vision

How to know if your business activities are taking you further away from your goals...

If you've been getting my newsletter for a while now, then you know that about a month ago my husband and I made a cross country move from Denver to the Central Coast of California. 

This move was three years in the making. . . A lot of dreaming and envisioning went into manifesting this transition to our little piece of paradise here on the Best Coast.

And now that we've made our vision a reality, it occurred to me that it's all of a sudden time to pick a new goal to manifest.

Pretty awesome, right? 

So what does that have to do with this week's video (besides the fact that I've got a new studio to film from)?

Well, this week I'm sharing my most effective tactic for ensuring the time you spend focused on your business is actually taking you closer to your goals, and it all starts with VISION. Watch below to learn more...

Here's your Rebel Professional Tip of the Week:

A clear vision is your North Star that ensures your tasks & activities are leading you to that awesome place you imagined. - @AmyBBirks

I want to thank Trish in Virginia again for sending in this awesome request for more time management tips! Drop your own business efficiency and strategy questions over on my Facebook page right here so I can feature them in an upcoming episode of Inspiration Monday.

So, what does your BIG Vision look like? What's the one thing you're most excited about manifesting? And how does your calendar look when it comes to bringing you closer to those goals? I can't wait to read your comments below...

Since effective time-management seems to be a hot topic for many of my clients these days, I'm super-excited to share that I'm in the process of developing a new online program to help tackle the overwhelm that comes along with Datebook Dysfunction.

More to come on that soon, as well as some other exciting changes in the works over here at AmyBirks.com, so stay tuned!

With love and inspiration,

-Amy


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Five minutes to crazy confidence!

Raise your hand if you could use a little boost in confidence right about now...

Is your hand flying up in the air like mine is? I'm guessing so, because who couldn't benefit from a little more confidence in their day-to-day, right?

That inner committee of ours that hides out in our thoughts always wants to jump in and tell us how dumb we are, how embarrassed we should feel, and what fools we've been to think we might be successful someday. Well, here's what I have to say about that...

What the F do they know?

Today's video will reveal my favorite five-minute exercise to shut that inner committee down and give your confidence the jump-start it needs, plus I'm sharing some exciting news today so watch below to learn more...!

Here's that link to sign up early for my Rebel Professionals Action Week video series.

Remember, the first forum activity starts tomorrow, so jump in now so you don't miss out on any of the action!

Don't forget to comment below and tell me and the rest of the community about that "win" of yours that you're most proud of. I can't wait to read them and cheer you on!

And if you're getting value from my videos each week and are down for helping me reach my goal of 100 new subscribers this month, please share this video with your friends!

With love and inspiration (and a new "wins" list to write for myself),

-Amy

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The secret to bringing your BIG idea to life...

I'm finding that, in life, there are VISIONARIES and there are STRATEGISTS. Visionaries are the people who come up with BIG ideas, and strategists are the people who know how to take those ideas and turn them into REALITY.

I work with VISIONARIES. My clients have amazing visions of what they want to be, do, and create in the world. They want to turn their passion into their life's work. They see opportunities to meet previously unmet needs. They have a burning desire to feel free and enjoy life NOW. 

The path to your BIG Vision appears in my head like a map...

The path to your BIG Vision appears in my head like a map...

But they have NO idea how to make it happen.

I am a STRATEGIST. I imagine someone else's vision in such vivid detail that my expectation of what it will become in reality often outshines their own. The path to get them there appears like a map in my mind taking them step by step from A to B. Don't get me wrong. I can come up with ideas for my clients all over the place too; that's what makes me good at what I do, but my real genius is for knowing how to hold someone's vision and empower them to bring it to life with specific action.

I see in strategy and I love making shit happen.

Whether you're in the VISIONARY camp or you hang with the STRATEGISTS, this week's video will likely speak to you. I share my big secret to bringing all your biggest ideas to life (and it's WAY easier than you think it is...) Take a look and see for yourself.

So where are you going to start? Comment below so I can cheer you on down the road to Success Town.

And if the first step for you includes getting some support and strategy to kick things into gear, Click here NOW to get your Strategy Session with me at my Rebel Professional community discount. Sometimes a little push in the right direction is all we need to really get that ball rolling.

With love and inspiration (and a bag to pack for my big Vegas debut this week!),

-Amy

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Upgrade your community, upgrade your life!

I spent most of last week in New York because my intuition told me to do it.

Have you ever felt compelled to do something that seemed totally illogical or impractical, and you trusted your gut and did it anyway? Well, that was me last week.

Lately, my intuition has been telling me to spend more time around motivated, inspired, and successful entrepreneurs, since that's the vision I hold for myself. So, when an opportunity presented itself for me to hang out with an entire theatre full of those kinds of people, I jumped all over it.

And, boy, did it ever pay off.

In this week's video, I'll tell a little bit more about my NY story (including an AMAZING opportunity I manifested to meet my business inspiration!) and also dive into WHY I've felt so compelled to upgrade my community.

Plus I'll share some specific tips for YOU to try to create the same awesome results in your own life and business. 

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5 Signs You've Outgrown Your Day Job...

Ever felt stuck and unfulfilled?

I'm sure you have, in which case the first installment of the new Inspiration Monday video update should fix that pronto!

This week, I'm giving my Rebel Professional community my 5 Signs That You've Outgrown Your Day Job, AND exactly what you need to do next to find the fulfillment you want in your life. Good stuff, right?

I know for me, feeling stuck was the baseline of existence I experienced for most of my life. And that feeling definitely carried over into my various careers. 

Many of my clients experience this feeling too. The good news is that this "stuckness" tends to be the catalyst for their Rebel Professional leap into their BIG Vision project.

The trick is you have to acknowledge that's where you are - that you're stuck and you've outgrown your current situation - before you can see the opportunity to make that transition into a more fulfilling life. 

I promise, it's not hard to do, it just takes some awareness and a willingness to take a little bit of action. 

You don't even necessarily need to throw in the towel on your ill-fitting day-job before diving into your BIG Vision project either. With a little help and support, some guidance and strategy, you can absolutely build that fulfillment you seek on the side.

So check out the video to learn those 5 Signs You've Outgrown Your Day Job to determine if now's the time for you to start thinking about your life's plan B.

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11 Signs You're a Rebel Professional

If you've wandered around my website at any point, or if we've had an opportunity to connect one-on-one, you've probably noticed I use the term "Rebel Professional" when referring to my clients.

Rebel Professionals are awesome.

They have a vision for themselves and the world that includes all of us feeling empowered and fulfilled, with every day overflowing with freedom, fun and flexibility. They know they're intended to do MORE and aren't willing to wait "until" to enjoy life. They want to love life NOW.

So if you've ever wondered if you'd be in good company with me and my Rebel Professional clients and friends, read on for 11 signs that you'd fit right in here with us.

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Get shit done.

WOW. I spent the last three days in a retreat with my business coach and nine of her other private clients. I can't think of another time since I started my business when I've been more inspired, productive and efficient. Over those three days I was able to do the following:

 Yes, I talk with my hands. You can take the girl outta New York...

  • Firm up my new mission and vision for my business
  • Write a script for a video for my website
  • FILM that video for my website
  • Create an outline for my new method for welcoming clients into my community
  • Draft a new marketing strategy
  • Brainstorm a slew of new tools I can offer
  • Cultivate relationships with a dozen amazing women

All of these tasks have been on my to-do list for a while, but I haven't been able to make much progress with distractions and other excuses often getting in my way. So what was it that made these three days so motivating and productive for me? 

Commitments and deadlines. 

I walked into this retreat knowing there was a finite amount of time available for me to get things done, and even though I didn't know the agenda in advance (my coach likes for things to be a surprise), I knew I'd be presented with opportunities to really move the needle in my business. Knowing these opportunities would exist for me over those three days, I made a conscious commitment to make the most of my time there. I clearly understood the benefit that attending this retreat would provide to me and was acutely aware of WHY I was making that commitment.

Once the retreat began and I learned that my coach was going to provide us with an amazing opportunity to shoot a professional video for our websites, I realized the clock was ticking for me to get clear on my new mission and vision so I could write a cohesive script with a message that made sense by the time the camera started rolling. Deadlines are no joke. There was no time for me to say, "but first I have to do market research!" or, "wait, I've got to brainstorm and mind-dump and ask everyone and their mother their opinion first before I can decide on my new mission!"  There was a crew and a backdrop and a camera waiting upstairs for me to get in front of whether I was really "ready" or not.

The biggest take-aways for me from this experience were that in order for me to be productive I really DO need a deadline with some level of accountability attached to it, and if I intend to stand by my commitments I have to know WHY I'm agreeing to them to begin with.

I guess I can be somewhat wishy-washy with some of my own deadlines when the only person they're impacting is ME. When someone else is counting on me for something, I'm all over it like the Broncos on gameday. But if I'm the only one who will suffer from my lack of follow-through, I tend to let myself off the hook and allow my commitments and deadlines to slide. Especially when I'm not crystal clear on WHY I'm committing to them to begin with.

 

Do you ever find this happening to you too?

 

 

Maybe it plays out something like this:

  • You've got this fantastic idea for a new business and make a decision to spend an evening after work brainstorming how to get it off the ground, but then that evening rolls around and you're too tired to think about it so it becomes another "when I've got some time" idea

 

  • You decide to begin a workout routine because you "should" be exercising regularly, but if a friend isn't waiting for you to meet them at the gym week after week, you might show up in the locker room a couple of times before getting "too busy" to go back

 

  • You decide that the book that's inside of you is just dying to come out, so you set up a schedule to start writing every morning, but after the first couple of mornings you find that you get distracted by things happening around you (internet, kids, work stuff creeping in, etc.) so the book gets shuffled to the back of your brain again

 

Does any of this sound familiar?

 

So what can we do to shore up those commitments to ourselves and ensure we actually get shit done? Here's what I'm committing to, starting today; I'm calling it the Stopwatch Challenge and I invite you to join me in it too.

 

The Stopwatch Challenge

 

For the next two weeks, whenever there's a task to accomplish, commit to doing the following:

  • Look at the tasks that need to get done and have a dialogue with yourself around exactly WHY it's so important to check them off your list. If any "shoulds" show up in that WHY Analysis, rethink your commitment

 

  • Once you know the WHY behind your tasks, you can really make a commitment to completing them

 

  • Then, when it comes time to jump into them, set a stopwatch (I've got a great, built-in app on my phone) for between 15 and 45 minutes, depending on the complexity of the task. Why 15 - 45 minutes and not longer? Because a short interval like that is MUCH easier to commit to than telling yourself to sit still for an hour or more. Be realistic with yourself so you can make a realistic commitment 

 

  • From there you need to REALLY commit to allowing no distractions during that stopwatch interval

 

  • Then dive in head-first and complete as much of the task as you possibly can during that 15-45 minute window

I tried this for the first time this morning with two separate tasks and got SO much done, I actually surprised myself. By understanding WHY I was committed to completing these things (this morning it was because moving my business forward is critical to the short-term plans my husband and I have), and then giving myself a real, FINITE deadline within which to complete them, I felt compelled to make progress.  In fact, I'd set my timer for 15 minutes for each task and ended up working for well over 30 minutes on each one. Don't be surprised if this happens to you too.

So, are you in?

 

Two weeks and a handful of to-do's on your list just waiting to be crossed off; what have you got to lose?

Tell me in the comments below what your biggest to-do priority is that you plan on accomplishing during the Stopwatch Challenge, and also share your WHY for taking it on. I can't wait to see what you guys are working on! 

If you need a little extra motivation towards achieving your goals or knocking shit off your to-do list, consider taking advantage of a free 30-minute A-to-B Strategy session with me. 

Click here to learn more and get one on the calendar.

 

(Then you can finally cross it off your to-do list!)

With love and inspiration (and a new appreciation for deadlines!) 

-Amy

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