How Passion Can Help You Get What You Want

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, so we’ve been thinking and talking a lot about PASSION over here at Mom Biz Coach. (Be sure to tune in when I interview Liz Strauss for the WoMEN: What Mom Entrepreneurs Need Teleseminar Series on this topic next Wednesday so you can hear how her passion creates success in her work and life!)

Being passionate about people and things in your life makes you motivated to do things (amorous or otherwise), right?

But what role does passion play in your business?

I believe passion is a key factor in the success of a mompreneur business. There are so many ways we moms could make money. We have lots of talents, skills and gifts we could offer in return for compensation. But when we choose to start a business while running a family, we are often motivated by something we feel we need to do, something we’re longing to do, something we’re passionate about…  There’s a direct correlation between how passionate a mompreneur is about her business and how successful she’ll be. Without passion, it’s just too easy to give up on our commitments when the going gets tough.

So passion = yearning/desire.

And yearning/desire brings about focus and commitment.

And focus + commitment drives us to achieve our goals.

And if we set good goals for our business and are committed to achieve them, we’ll no doubt be successful.

So, how passionate are you about your business? Are you getting the results you want from it? I’d love to hear your comments below.

In the mean time, let’s take a walk on the light side and watch my friend, Carley Knobloch of Digitwirl, tell us how to get what we really want for Valentine’s Day using some cool, savvy technology.

Guest post by Carley Knobloch of Digitwirl.com

You’ve heard the saying “it’s the thought that counts,” but have you ever gotten one that leaves you wondering “What were they thinking?” When it comes to gift ideas for your Baby Shower, Wedding Registry, or most importantly, Valentine’s Day, forget subtle hints— try Wishpot.com (www.wishpot.com). Create an online wish list that, with the push of a button, automatically adds anything and everything you desperately want right to your personal wish list. Then share the items you’ve been lusting after, with your husband, friends, co-workers, and especially your mother-in-law who inexplicably believes you collect frog figurines. So now, in spite of what Mr. Jagger might profess, “you CAN always get what you want.”

Digitwirl is the weekly web show that offers simple solutions to modern day problems. In 3-minutes, Digitwirl brings busy women the very best time, money, and sanity-saving technology, and then teaches them how to use it, step-by-step. Digitwirl was created by technology lifestyle expert Carley Knobloch, who uses lots of technology to manage her busy life as mom of two and entrepreneur. Become a subscriber to get weekly show alerts and exclusive deals at Digitwirl.com, or follow Digitwirl on Twitter at @digitwirlr.

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Take Back Your Time Program

The #MomBiz Salon was fun-filled last night. For those of you who weren’t able to join us, our topic was Time Management, and I shared tips and strategies to help mompreneurs take control of how they spend their time.

One of the biggest challenges the mompreneurs on last night’s #MomBiz Salon said they faced was establishing boundaries around their time and sticking to them. Several moms even admitted they had no idea how to do this. Other moms said they were struggling to grow their businesses since there weren’t enough hours in the day to do even the existing workload, much less adding more to it! We talked about the possibility of hiring a virtual assistant (or VA) to help with this, and discussed the ins and outs of delegating your work so you can run a successful business.

I know that the number one challenge for mompreneurs is always TIME and never having enough of it. Nearly every mom entrepreneur I coach struggles with this issue!

That’s why I have created an online coaching program for mom entrepreneurs who need help with time management, but don’t have time to commit to live coaching programs to make the healthy changes they need to make. The program, called Take Back Your Time,” is a four-week program that delivers two e-course modules to you each week for four weeks. Each of the modules offers a lesson and some questions for you to answer so you can immediately apply the lesson to your life. You can simply do the work yourself, or you have the option of submitting your responses/questions to me for feedback. It’s a great way to get real coaching support on your personal time management challenges, and you can do it on your own schedule (like when the baby wakes you up in the middle of the night and you can’t fall back asleep :).

Details of the Take Back Your Time online coaching program:

Agenda:
Week 1: Learning to Let Your Values & Priorities Drive Your Choices
Week 2: Creating the Right Boundaries & Routines to Give You Enough Time
Week 3: Finding More Time by Automating
Week 4: How to (and What to) Delegate

When: Start anytime, and you’ll be enrolled for four weeks

Where: Wherever you can login on a computer

How: Register here for the Take Back Your Time Program.

You will be taken to a login page at www.jigsawbox.com/signup/mombizmakeover to create your account. That will allow you to make your payment arrangements and give you immediate access to your private online coaching program, which is delivered via a platform called JigsawBox.com. You’ll receive two modules each week, and can submit your questions to your coach (me!) for feedback during your 30 day program access.

Why: Because the sooner you acknowledge how you’re making choices about spending your time and the sooner you decide to OWN your choices, the happier you’ll feel with what you get done in a day!

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Fee: $79 for all eight lessons (two per week) and personal email coaching with Lara during your program term
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Wanna hear some great tips on time management and how you can control your time better? Click on the link below to listen to an hour-long Group Coaching Call I do with some mompreneurs who want to learn to take back their time!

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Take Back Your Time Intro Call

Please note: This is a full-length coaching call so it may take a minute to load in your browser.
Go check the kids, grab a glass of water and it should be ready to go!

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Mompreneurs Need to Own Their Finances to Own Their Lives

This morning I was reading Natalie MacNeil’s fabulous blog, She Takes On The World, and was really struck by this idea of how many outwardly-successful people are privately financially troubled. She is quoting author and financial expert Manisha Thakor.

If the whole world got financially naked “ there would be shrieks galore! In our modern, hyper-consumptive society, millions of people present external images to the world that bear limited resemblance to their true, inner financial reality. During my 15 years working in the financial services industry I met countless people earning not only six digit but even SEVEN digit incomes who were living paycheck-to-paycheck. It was this concept “that if we really bared it all financially to each other many things would change” that was the genesis of the book title.

In terms of the meat of the book, it boils down to this. If you want to have a healthy, intimate romantic relationship you need to communicate with your mate about money. Alas, that’s not the message society gives us. Money is a subject that in many respects is more taboo than sex. When you meet that someone special, people will ask if you are physically compatible, spiritually compatible, emotionally compatible, or intellectually compatible. But rarely does anyone ask if you and your honey are financially compatible. That’s too bad because study after study shows financial issues are often the ones that make or break a relationship over the long run. So the goal of this book is to give readers both a language and a roadmap to traverse the often rocky path that is getting to know your mate, financially speaking.

Manisha Thakor is on a mission to teach women how to “own your finances and own your life.” Through her books, articles, television and radio appearances, speeches, and blog this female personal finance expert inspires women to take charge of their money. Her latest book, co-authored with fellow Harvard MBA Sharon Kedar, is Get Financially Naked. Manisha made time in her busy schedule for an interview with She Takes on the World.

shetakesontheworld.net, Interview with Personal Finance Expert, Manisha Thakor | She Takes on the World, Feb 2010

I highly recommend you read the whole article (and browse around Natalie’s blog–this is just one of the gems you’ll find interesting and helpful to read as a mom entrepreneur).

How honest are you and your spouse or partner being with each other about your finances? Are you achieving the financial results you want in your business? Do you know how your income and expenses impact your family’s financial goals?

Many of the mompreneurs I coach struggle with these issues. They’re scared about “coming clean” with their spouse about how little they’re earning or how much they’re spending for their business. This kind of hiding or secrecy combined with the lack of a solid income is one of the biggest eroding factors in a mompreneur business.

Want some support in re-creating your mom entrepreneur business in a way that is powerful, successful and sustainable for the long haul? Check out my new signature program, The Mom Biz Makeover Program, which launches on March 1st. My mission is to help mompreneurs create businesses that truly support them and their families.

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