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Emily Gallagher is a life and business coach for driven women in wellness. She works with them to turn their passion into a thriving business by encouraging them to think bigger and take action. Emily is passionate about the importance of relationships which lead her to create the ‘Conscious Boss Clique’ - a network of women in business coming together to learn, inspire and grow as a collective. You can join the clique here. inspired COACH |


Terra Milo is ‘Your Computer Girl.’ She teaches coaches and entrepreneurs all the computer skills they need to launch their business and spread their mission in the world. From websites to newsletters to social media, she will empower you with skills and confidence so you can infuse your messages with inspiration and love.

Monika Berry is the Creative Director at ‘MB Captured’, specialising in branding and wedding photography. Monika has had years of experience behind the camera capturing the true essence of lady bosses around Australia as well as experience in branding design. She has also launched a collaborative online training program for big-hearted business owners ready to take their brand to the next level.

CONTRIBUTORS After 5 years as a health coach, Amy Lippmann merged her marketing roots with her passion for wellness by launching her company, ‘Marketing for Health Coaches.’ She has helped thousands of health coaches and nutritionists successfully launch online programs, create high-converting websites and grow their lists.  Get access to Amy’s Free Guide: What To Do (And When) To Fill Your Online Programs.

Alix Greer is Mindset and Success Coach for heart centred female entrepreneurs who are ready to gain momentum in their life and business. Alix helps women overcome limiting beliefs of self doubt, procrastination, money blocks, fear of judgement, failure and success. Alix coaches women to uncover their inner power, adopt a winning mindset and have the confidence and flair to do what they love.

Rhiannon Colarossi is a wellbeing coach for Mums. She loves inspiring Mums’ to nurture their everyday wellbeing. Rhiannon founded The Wellbeing Web after spending 10 years in education and during her time as a teacher and School Wellbeing Leader, she saw the direct impact a Mums’ wellbeing has on a child’s learning and happiness in the classroom. Rhiannon loves to speak, coach and run wellbeing workshops. 9

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p until quite recently I never really thought of myself as a creative person.

I was in fact terrible at art in school; despite the fact I chose to study it right up until my final year. Ashamedly I think I chose to do it because I felt it was ‘easy’ but throughout that year I was to learn that committing to a creative process was more than a bit challenging. Convincing myself I was not as artistic or creative as my fellow students who were throwing pots, taking artsy black and white portraits and painting landscapes that totally looked like the real thing – I shrunk at the back of the class and barely walked away with a pass in the subject by years end. I wish that I knew then about what I know now about creativity.

And that is essentially we are all creative souls, even if we never pick up an art brush, knitting needle or camera. Over my (ahem!) few years on the planet, I have learned how to swing

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dance, arrange an amazing bunch of flowers, write authentically and from the heart, and run a business. With that last one being something I now know full time takes a huge amount of creative and inspired thought not just from time to time but in fact – all the time. In my clearly misguided youth and well into adulthood I truly believed creativity was all about art. And that was pretty much it.

I never thought about my regular life happenings – such as tending to a garden or as a business owner sharing thoughts on social media or even editing this magazine – as creative pursuits. However they certainly are. I realise now I that my ego and I had told myself a very convenient story that dismissed me as a creative person which I then went on to not only believe but I would in fact say – fully embrace. Which in turn made me realise how truly powerful we are as human beings

s Letter in convincing ourselves of things that are not based in a lick of reality.

We tell ourselves we can’t do certain things when there is evidence all around us that we can. We tell ourselves we are obligated to certain people or so called commitments when we are not. We tell ourselves we are not as ‘good’ a coach, husband, girlfriend, mother as some other coach, husband, girlfriend or mother, when we have no factual basis for stating so.

essence of who you are. Give up your stories and you will find your truth. The truth that will show you to be wiser, richer, more beautiful and free than any story you could ever have told yourself. That’s a small thing to give up for such truthful knowing.


Nothing but stories.

However stories so powerful that they can dictate how we feel, act, breathe, behave, connect, love, partner, move, coach. What stories yourself?




What stories are being driven by your ego that keep you less than who you really are?

Beneath your story (or stories) is the truth of your soul. The undeniable

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hen making an important decision, have you ever been blown away by the synchronicity of it’s relevance? If you believe that everything happens for a reason, then I know you’ve had at least one of these occurrences. This is how I feel when I look back on my decision to call my business, ‘Conscious Boss.’ At the time I was simply deciding on names that felt relevant and wanted to check whether the domain name was available. ‘Conscious Boss’ came to me on a walk a few weeks after attending a spiritual and personal development weekend in New York City. As soon as I realised it was available, I jumped at the opportunity to secure the name. I was an aspiring coach, pre training, not really knowing what it all meant but I knew I wanted to start a blog and see where it led me. Now I look at how my business has evolved and it blows me away just how perfect the name is. As a business coach to driven women in wellness, I believe that all of the women that I work with are a ‘Conscious Boss’. A Conscious Boss is anyone who is striving to develop their self-awareness on a deeper level. They are committed to changing limiting beliefs, patterns and behaviors, and are passionate about getting the most out of every experience in life. A Conscious Boss is attuned to those around them and cares for the

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success of others. Most importantly, they are committed to showing up in the best way they can, living from the heart in every single moment. As a coach, I know you are heart centered and passion driven - two of the main components of being a ‘Conscious Boss’ - but when it comes to being your own boss and building your business, there may be times when you feel disheartened and confused. Here are some of my personal tips to help you step into your role as a Conscious Boss and coach so that you can uplevel your business:

What Are You Committed To?

What are the values that drive you and your business? I see so many clients and friends who try to fit a certain ‘mould’ when it comes to building and creating their business but ask yourself, what is the real reason why you started your business in the first place? Permission is often what is needed here. You have permission to show up for yourself in your business in the same way you ask your clients to show up. If you’re building your business to fit in, it’s not going to be a true expression of you. When you commit to your values, you’ll be able to attract the right clients who are waiting for you to love and serve them.


A Conscious Boss is attuned to those around them and cares for the success of others. EMILY GALLAGHER


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You have permission to show up for yourself in your business in the same way you ask your clients to show up. EMILY GALLAGHER

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Do The Work

A ‘Conscious Boss’ will always show up in the best way possible and that also means being committed to growth in every area of your life. As a coach we cannot guide our clients towards their goals and heartfelt desires if we’re not willing to put this into practice ourselves. Being unwaveringly committed to your growth and holding your life to the highest standard is imperative. Meditate, read, dance, travel, love fully, lean into your fears, do whatever it takes for you to evolve, expand and discover the best version of you. Commit to doing the work!

Niche, niche, niche!

Being a ‘Conscious Boss’ is all about knowing your strengths and playing to them. Tune into the things that come naturally to you. Know it. Own it. Play with it. There are so many coaches out there who aren’t specific enough about who they help, what they specialise in or what they can offer. When you speak directly to your ideal clients, that’s when they can hear you and trust you. One way to discover your strengths is to speak to those who know you best. Look back over the past history of your jobs and experiences and you’ll start to see the connection of where you excel. This takes time, but your niche will develop from that. Put time into laying the foundations and not only will your

business become more joyful, but you’ll also be able to support the clients that you are most passionate, inspired and capable to help. The moment I switched from ‘Life Coach’ to ‘Business coach for women in wellness’, everything changed. I felt more confident and excited about who I was working with than ever before and my income was a direct reflection of that too.

Building Relationships

Building relationships and networking plays an important role in the success of your business. In order to stay passionate, focused and empowered on your journey as a Conscious Boss, you must ensure you are surrounded by people, environments and experiences that uplift and inspire you. Building a business on your own can be hard work and you will be tested at times so make sure you have the right support. As a coach you are providing empowering and enthusiastic support for your clients, therefore it’s important for you to have the appropriate support too. Find a network of people and continue to build those relationships. Commit to doing what you love as a ‘Conscious Boss’ and be self-aware as much as possible throughout your journey. Adopting this approach will help you to uplevel your business and yourself too! 17

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When you commit to your values, you’ll be able to attract the right clients who are waiting for you to love and serve them. EMILY GALLAGHER


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hen you started coaching, you had no idea how much technology was going to be involved, right? It’s quite overwhelming. The truth is, you became a coach because you have an intense desire to help people, not to send email newsletters. You love guiding people to amazing transformations in their lives, not creating lead magnets. Perhaps you haven’t even heard of the term “lead magnet.” I know I hadn’t! If you’re currenting studying coaching, you’ve probably learnt about which questions to ask to get to the heart of the issue, how to really listen to your clients and what you can do to best support their transformation. And then it appears…the module on websites. You need to have a website!? Your mind is racing, your palms are sweating and now you’re reconsidering this whole gig. It’s too much. You can’t possibly create a website, a Facebook Page, a newsletter, videos and all the other social media channels that pop up! And host a webinar? Forget about it! I know all about this because I’ve been there. When I was working in marketing, I felt the pull to become a coach. I loved my job but I also had a passion for helping

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people create ease and simplicity in their life around food. I followed my passion and enrolled in my first coaching course but halfway through the year, I noticed my fellow coaches stressing out. They were overwhelmed and frustrated. All they wanted to do was to help people but all of this technology stuff was too much! With my marketing background I knew I could help so I started teaching my fellow coaches a few computer skills. My soul lept! This was my calling. I didn’t know it, and even though I didn’t intend for this to happen, I discovered that my mission was to empower coaches to feel confident around technology. I’ve seen powerful, beautiful, inspired coaches absolutely crumble when they talk about publishing a blog post, creating a newsletter, or even editing their website. The fear is real and intense and it makes good coaches re-consider their mission in life. They question whether they can actually do this but I know you can. Don’t let the fear derail you. Your clients need you and if you don’t get out there and show them you exist and how you can help - they will never have the transformation that you and I know they need (and deserve). I’ve got 3 magical ways you can overcomeyourwebsitefear,becomemore

I’ve seen powerful, beautiful, inspired coaches absolutely crumble when they talk about publishing a blog post, creating a newsletter, or even editing their website. TERRA MILO


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Learning to navigate your website as a coach is a new skill. Don’t punish yourself for not knowing how to do it. TERRA MILO

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tech savvy and boost your confidence. These are real-world, practical steps you can take to cut through that fear and make your dreams reality.

1. Hire a designer to create your website for you. Designers are here to make sure your business has an online presence that communicates your passion and your mission. Let them help you bring your mission into the world. If you provide your designer with some copy and professional photography, they can create a truly beautiful website for you that speaks to your ideal clients’ hearts and minds. Depending on your resources, you can expect to pay anywhere from $1800 and up for a designer website. While that may feel like a lot, keep in mind the time you save by allowing a professional to take this task off your plate. Website designers have the ability to see your potential and make it come alive for you. It’s amazing. What often happens is that once you’ve hired a designer, you become too afraid to ‘break’ your website. Perhaps you’re feeling unsure how to edit your About page or publish a blog post? It happens and that’s why the next tip is for you!

2. Learn how to use your website, or how to make one yourself. You can take a course or even work with someone one on one to learn how to use your website. I’ve worked with hundreds of coaches on their websites and newsletters and it really does help to see someone confidently dive in and make stuff happen. That’s what it takes confidence. You can do this but you may need a little guidance at first. Learning to navigate your website as a coach is a new skill. Don’t punish yourself for not knowing how to do it. When you start to become more familiar with the technology of managing your website, it will help you to feel powerful, professional, and confident. After all, you’re in charge of your business and you can make changes whenever you want. Knowing how to use your online marketing tools is essential. Hire help if you need to, but sending out a newsletter or writing a blog post are important skills for you to master so that you’re not dependent on someone else’s schedule. If you’re feeling extra creative and want to make your website yourself, there are so many great website builders out there that will allow you to create a stunning online presence for your business! Check out Wix, Squarespace, Weebly and even Wordpress. Most of 25

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them allow you to get started for free. You can design your site as much as you want and then begin to pay when you’re ready to start using it. No matter what level you’re at, you can make a start!

3. Ignore it. I’m serious. I know that it may sound crazy but you can get clients without a website. Make a connection with someone via social media, book a time to chat and send them an invoice. You can do all of this without having a website. I have done this several times (even after calling myself ‘Your Computer Girl’.) Please don’t ignore your website for too long though! It is there to love and support you and ultimately help you to get clients. So, beautiful coach, what are you willing to do to feel confident about your website? Are you going to learn how to do it yourself, or pay someone to do it for you? The choice is yours and you should feel empowered either way. Whatever you choose, I invite you to be gentle with yourself. Technology is a whole new skill and if you’ve never done it before, there’s a learning curve. Don’t beat yourself up and whatever you do, don’t quit. There are so many people out there that are willing to support you.

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he online world no longer has a tolerance for poor quality photos.

With camera and editing software improving every day, we are more accountable for producing beautiful images for our brand in order to stand out amongst the crowd and connect with our ideal clients. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to hire a professional photographer to follow you around, however you do need to have an awareness of your brand and take a proactive approach to the images you share online. When it comes to creating beautiful images for your brand, the first step is to check the current status of your brand. Take a look at your social media feed and ask yourself the following questions: ++ Is there a clear vibe or message in my style? ++ Is it targeted to my ideal client? ++ Would you follow your account on first glance? Is it a mixture of re-grammed images? Or pixelated screenshots of a quote you found a few months ago? Re-gramming is totally ok, but remember, if this is your way of sharing inspiration, you are doing nothing for your own brand. You are only marketing other people’s images. If you are sharing your own images, is

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there a valuable message behind them? Is there a lesson for your followers? Or an image to inspire them? The main point here is that you aren’t just posting your morning coffee for the sake of it! Beyond this, there are many social media profiles that are famous for a niche style of photo. Depending on the type of work that you do, some social media feeds may have a strong, masculine, vintage traveller vibe to them. The key being that the style is consistent. Then I see other gorgeous feeds of colour, fashion and travel, blending all of this together to create an inspiring wanderlust brand. When I see someone with a successful online presence, there are key elements that I know you can apply to your own brand. Here are some ways that you could use beautiful photography to stand out from the crowd as a coach:


This is probably the most important element when it comes to your signature brand style. You need to define the keywords that people would associate with your brand. How do you want them to feel when they are scrolling through your website or social media feed? Create a mood board to reflect these answers and this will help you to understand what type of photos you should be posting. Keep in mind, your potential clients will already have an idea of your brand


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By sticking true to your style you are going to create a strong brand presence. MONIKA BERRY

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simply by the general vibe of your online presence. This happens before they’ve even see your logo (which, surprisingly, is often where business owners invest the most money!)


Once you have the style defined, stick to it. By sticking true to your style you are going to create a strong brand presence. Imagine your followers knowing the image is yours because of the style or filter used - that is the ultimate goal. This will only be achieved through consistency. For me to achieve this in my own brand, I plan ahead and use apps that allow me to upload my pictures and schedule when I would like to post them (later. com is a great one!). I love that I can preview how my feed will look with my scheduled posts, so I can see that there is a well-balanced flow of images. This takes out the daily question in my mind of “what should I post today?” and keeps me from wasting unnecessary time on social media.


As mentioned previously, there is no tolerance for poor quality images online anymore. Before you say “I am not creative like that” or “I only have my phone camera.” there are many options available to you to achieve high quality images. Smartphones are able to produce really great images, even in low light.

However, I wouldn’t post a raw image straight off the camera. I would suggest to edit it in either VSCO, a color story or at the very least in Instagram with their tools and/or a filter. Making an effort to achieve a fresh and crisp look will add value to the overall aesthetic of your brand. There are also websites such as if you are interested in learning more about photography and taking the quality of your images to the next level.


When you are planning your images, is there a message behind the image? A lesson to be learned? A story to be shared? Or a specific purpose for the images, like an eBook? Get creative with the images you are posting. As a coach it is important to show up, to step out from behind the brand and show the real you so your potential clients can connect with your story. Perhaps you could book in a photo shoot for some lifestyle shots or kindly ask a friend or your partner to take some photos. If you are using a friend, my advice is to create a mood board and talk through it with them so they can gain an understanding of the style of shots you are after. It is good to take it as reference on the shoot too, so you can stay on track. If you book a professional shoot, you will be able to let them take the lead as they will know how to achieve your style in the best way possible. 37

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PREPARED Consistent quality images require preparation. Whether it’s a hike to the top of a lookout point for sunrise, gathering props for a flat lay shoot, choosing an outfit or planning how to share those images on social media or in eBooks. Sometimes you might strike gold and get a beautiful spontaneous moment to capture, but for ongoing consistency in your brand, planning ahead and gathering a stock of images to use in between is priceless for building a strong online presence. While there is a fine balance between over planning and scripting your

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marketing, and being a raw authentic person behind the business, it all takes practice to find what works best for you. The most important thing you can do for your brand today is set a standard for the quality of images you will associate with and have a clear and consistent style. From there, you can continue to build from it knowing you have the solid foundation and clear message and style for your potential clients. At the end of the day, quality images sell your brand. If a client can see you have invested in yourself, it will make it easier for them to invest in you!


As a coach it is important to show up, to step out from behind the brand and show the real you so your potential clients can connect with your story. MONIKA BERRY


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The most important thing you can do for your brand today is set a standard for the quality of images you will associate with. MONIKA BERRY

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Creativity is more than painting and drawing. I think we all know that by now! Living a creative, passion fuelled life is a desire of so many people and often is a driving ‘why’ behind many of us starting coaching businesses too. And that’s one of the many reasons why I wanted to bring you the wonderfully creative author, speaker and coach Jennifer Lee as a cover coach. From making the leap in her comfortable corporate position to creative business coach and author of the best selling ‘Right Brain Business Plan’ Jennifer is a shining example of a coach who followed her true heart and created her coaching business (and life) her way.

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Tell us about your journey to becoming a successful coach and author. I enlisted my own coach when I was working in my corporate job and it was such a revelation to me at the time. I learnt so much about myself and what was most important to me. Having that profound experience made me want to help people in that way too, and it was only a few years later that I took my first coach training class and fell in love with it.

Plan’ which came out in 2011. That launched a whole new growth period in my business. Launching that book was a milestone and a complete turning point as it helped me to establish my business brand. My visibility increased and I really became known for ‘The Right-Brain Business Plan.’

Tell us more about the transition period from your corporate career to full-time coach.

I completed my coach certification and leadership training while I was still working in my corporate job and often I would take client calls on my lunch breaks in a conference room, or I’d rush home after work from the bus to take a client call. Even though it felt tiring at times, coaching completing energised me. I knew that I wanted to be coaching full time instead of working my day job, but it took me three years to make that transition and take the leap. Having climbed the corporate ladder for 10 years, it took some time for me to quit my job and find myself as a business owner. I wasn’t an overnight success! I knew that I had great coaching skills, but the business aspect was something that I had to step into and find my groove.

It took me three years to fully make the transition into full time coaching and I had lots of fears and doubts.

It was in 2009 that I declared I wanted to write a book - ‘The Right-Brain Business

After completing my leadership training through the Coaches Training

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Could I do this? Was I a good enough coach? How am I going to make money doing this? I had all of those fears, especially considering I was in a great corporate job, earning the salary that I wanted to be making. Having my own coach definitely helped throughout the process so that I could hone in on what was really important to me. I was coaching people to go out and live their dreams but was I living mine? Yes, but I was doing it on the side!


I will always be a student to the creative process. I loved painting back in kindergarten and I still paint now, but I look at life and business as a creative process. JENNIFER LEE


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Institute, I experienced a turning point. That training helped me to own my leadership skills and I came to understand the positive impact that I could have on people. I met a friend of mine through that training and we started to co-lead a program together. I would fly to Chicago four times a year to do it and after the first one, I truly felt like I was helping people to own their unique gifts and step into their power. It didn’t feel like work at all and that’s when I knew I had to be doing more of it. I remember coming back into the office at work after one of those trainings and standing in the kitchenette making tea under the fluorescent lights. It suddenly hit me, “What am I doing here? I don’t belong here anymore. This is sucking the soul out of me.” I knew it was time and shortly after I gave my notice and launched into my business full time.

What has been the main study or learnings that have most influenced your work? I’ve always thought of myself as a creative person and I will always be a student to the creative process. I loved painting back in kindergarten and I still paint now, but I look at life and business as a creative process. It’s about listening to your intuition and seeing what you’re most drawn to, then taking action. This enables me to keep learning, discovering

and growing. Instead of resisting this creative or intuitive part of ourselves, respecting that creative process has been important for my business. The practice of mindfulness has also influenced my work. Being self-aware of where I am, how I’m feeling, how that impacts others and being conscious and compassionate with myself has helped too.

What tips do you have for creatives to cultivate a thriving and flourishing business? Creatives often think that their business has to look a certain way. They believe they need to adopt the traditional left brain, analytic and linear way of running a business, but I love empowering people to see their creativity as a valuable asset. Owning your creativity and seeing it as a gift is the first step. If you have natural creative gifts, these gifts can help you to see patterns and connections that others may not see. Being able to express yourself in your own authentic way is what’s going to help set you apart and attract the right people to you. Clients aren’t going to be attracted to you if you’re still questioning yourself. Notice the energy that you’re sending out and harness that creativity, because it’s powerful, vital and important. 47

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The idea that heart-centered creatives or coaches don’t like ‘selling’ can be looked at from a completely different perspective. Instead of having a sales page, I like to think of it as an invitation. An invitation to connect authentically with your perfect customers and the right people. By already being in tune with other people and speaking their language, you can help potential clients understand the benefits of what you have to offer as a coach. It’s a heartfelt conversation or a love letter. If you are paying attention and really listening to your ideal clients, you will get to know what they really want to change in their life and the challenges that they’re facing. Sharing and expressing that is what’s going to create a connection for them. They’ll read it thinking, “I need that!”

How do you prioritise creativity in your own life and business? When I was experiencing a big growth spurt in my business, I was so busy working that my own creative practices fell by the wayside. I always infuse creativity into the work that I do and how I go about my planning, but I had to bring my attention back to it. Practicing ‘Self-care Fridays’ where I take the day to focus on myself and do what I need to do to refuel me has helped, but there was a time when I stopped painting. I knew I wanted to devote more

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time to it which is why I invested in a studio space. That’s been my sanctuary to reconnect with my creative process. I have a wall where I can do my own intuitive painting which tends to bring me back to myself. Investing in myself in this way has been essential. It feels good walking my talk and embracing ease which I cover in my second book. It’s all about self-care, simplicity and spaciousness.

You have written two amazing books, ‘The Right-Brain Business Plan’ and ‘Building Your Business the Right-Brain Way.’ How did they come about and what tips do you have for coaches who would love to write their own book? After meeting with a book coach I wrote in my journal that I was going to be a published author. I proclaimed it! The original book that I was going to write was about using creativity for life goals and planning. I had written most of it and had the book proposal ready to go, but when I was on my way to meet with the publishers and pitch the book, my intuition stopped me. I could hear the muse whispering in my ear, “Do a cell sheet for right-brain business plan.” I originally launched “The RightBrain Business Plan” as an eBook in 2008


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so I already had some content around it, but my intuition propelled me to put together this one sheet concept to take with me. When I met with the publishers, it wasn’t the original book they loved – it was the Right-Brain Business Plan - so I had to thank my intuition for that! I would never have guessed it, but that first plan that I laid out on my kitchen table all those years ago was how the book came to life. If you are interested in writing your own book, start where you are most inspired. What really lights you up? Play with that, experiment, and share it with other people. I first shared my RightBrain Business Plan on my blog and people were really drawn to it. Having this kind of feedback allowed me to see what resonated with other people. You’re going to want to have an audience as a writer too so start sharing your ideas and see what happens. Your ideas don’t have to be fully formed or perfect. Just start!

What do you consider to be the most important quality or skill for a great coach to have? Deep listening skills is at the heart of it. Listening and hearing what is underneath what your clients are saying (or not saying) and your intuition plays a big part in this. If your intuition has offered an inkling inside you during

a coaching session, speak it out loud because often this will spark something within the client. Expressing that inkling can provide them with completely new insights. People don’t feel heard so much in their life, so by listening to your clients and helping them feel heard, there’s nothing more powerful than that.

What three tips would you share with any coach who is at the beginning stage of building their business? Focus on your skills personally and professionally. Your coaching skills are going to help you so much more than you think. If you’ve got excellent listening skills, that’s going to help you hear and understand what challenges your clients are experiencing and that’s an important part of building a business. Speak their language and communicate effectively with your potential clients. It’s a personal growth journey too. Work on yourself because the more you know yourself, the more capable you are of extending your comfort zone. Each time you focus on your growth, you’re able to show yourself compassion when things get challenging. When you transform, your business transforms.


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Dream Big. Start Small. It’s easy to get seduced by our big visions and then feel frustrated when it doesn’t happen immediately. Give yourself time for things to unfold and know these small steps will add up over time.

Be You! No one can do it the way you can do it. As a creative, heart-centered person, you have unique gifts and a unique perspective that is going to help set you apart. Let go of what you think you have to do and make decisions based on what’s going to attract the right people to you. Lead authentically by focusing on what’s most important to you.

What do you love most about what you do? I get to empower creatives to own their unique gifts, share them with the world and make money doing it!

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As a creative, heart-centered person, you have unique gifts and a unique perspective that is going to help set you apart. JENNIFER LEE


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ou planned out your big launch. You had everything in place; a beautiful sales page, a well crafted email series to your list and a program that your audience would drool over. You opened the doors to your new program and waited for the sales to flood in. Instead, there was only a trickle and your launch didn’t live up to your expectations. Your heart sunk. What went wrong? A launch that flops can be a pretty devastating blow to your confidence. Launching is hard work and when it doesn’t match your estimates it can make you feel like a failure. The truth is, every successful entrepreneur has failed at least once before. Just like anything you do in your business, launching a program should be looked at as a learning experience and there’s a lot you can glean from your launch attempts. If you’ve recently launched something to the world, take this opportunity to learn everything you can so that you can apply it the next time you launch. Here are a few ideas to help you recover when your launch hasn’t gone to plan.

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important to acknowledge yourself for all the hard work you put in! Recognise that successful people fail at things along the way, and the more you put yourself out there and try new things, the more failure you will experience on the road to success. Plus, you actually launched something! Just think of all the people out there that never take any risks at all. You’re still killing it compared to them. If this was your first launch, think of it as a beta test. Now you know how to launch and you’ll be better prepared next time. Even if your launch wasn’t the huge success you’d hoped for, you’re building traction in your business, getting your name out there, and allowing yourself to be seen.

Send A Feedback Survey To gain insight into why your audience didn’t click ‘buy now,’ go to the source. Ask questions to dig a little deeper into who they are and what they’re looking for. What held them back from purchasing the program? What are they really looking for from you? What are they willing TO PAY FOR when working with you? Create a short survey and send it to your audience to find out what held them


Launching a program should be looked at as a learning experience. AMY LIPPMANN


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back. I suggest specifically targeting the people who opened your launch emails but didn’t end up purchasing. Speaking directly to your audience is going to give you better insight into how to create a program (or tweak your current program) so people will sign up. You may learn that something about your offering didn’t feel like a good fit for them, that your sales copy wasn’t stressing the right points, or perhaps that timing wasn’t right. These lessons can be applied to all of your marketing going forward.

Evaluate Your Launch Tactics You may have tried multiple marketing strategies during your launch to reach potential clients. Do you know which strategies worked best? Start by looking at the numbers (this is a GREAT way to get clarity). If you held a webinar, did you get a good number of registrants for the webinar?  And how many attendees from your webinar signed up for your program? If you didn’t see much success here, you may need to work on your pitch. Did you promote your program or webinar on social media?  If so, did your posts get likes, shares, and comments?  Did they drive traffic to your site?  Which posts were most

effective? Review the posts that were liked, shared and commented on so that you can use more posts like those in the future and fewer of the ones that didn’t get much interaction. What about your sales page and promotional emails? Look in your email system to check for open rates and clicks. Was your audience opening your emails and clicking through to the sales page, but then deciding they weren’t interested? Or did they just ignore your emails entirely? Use these stats to fine-tune your emails and sales page next time around. Go even further by finding out where your traffic came from. How much of the traffic on your sales page was your existing audience (your subscriber list) and how many were new people? What source brought the most new traffic to your sales page, webinar landing page, or free gift optin page? Google analytics is a great tool to use for this. Once you have this info, you’ll know which areas of your site may need improvement and which are great marketing tools to focus on using in the future. Evaluate what channels and strategies were the most effective for driving traffic and generating sales. For your next launch, consider focusing


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more of your efforts on what worked well, and ditch what didn’t work. If it turns out you focused only on one strategy (such as emailing your list), that’s a great start. But if you have a small list, what you’re likely realising is that next time around, you want to implement additional promotional strategies so you can reach a wider audience - beyond your list.

Don’t Throw In The Towel! Even if your launch didn’t go as planned, don’t pull the plug on your program. If people signed up, you should absolutely still run your program and give it your all! Love up the people who did sign up and use this opportunity to really get to know

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them. The first time I launch a program, I always think of it as a beta test. Ask your participants why they signed up, what resonated with them, and what they want to get out the program. Work closely with them to get insight and feedback on your program. If you go above and beyond with the few people that DID register, they’ll give you stellar testimonials to use on your sales page next time (this alone may help you boost sales!) Combine your insights from the people who did sign up, results from your survey and insights from your analytics to create a plan for your next launch. Take the time to examine what really happened behind the scenes, so you can make a plan to amplify your success!


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f you’ve just started your coaching business or if you’re in the the depths of working as a coach, no doubt you would have experienced the “fear wall” that blocks and stops you in your tracks. It can show up in many different ways; sabotaging thoughts to not take action, feeling not good enough, questioning yourself, and doubting your abilities. This fear wall can come up every single day, especially when you’re facing new situations that you haven’t experienced that stretch you beyond your comfort zone. Our brains are trained to keep us alive which sometimes triggers us into survival mode. That’s why we get those fear based thoughts and doubts when we’re stepping out of our comfort zone. Maybe you had a previous experience that didn’t go to plan? In these moments, we need a positive mindset to to take the lead to allow the magic to really happen. Even though it can be challenging, stepping out of your comfort zone as a coach can be a very rewarding and empowering experience. Whenever you’re faced with fear and doubt, here are 7 powerful tools that you can use to turn that fear around and become the empowered coach that you really are.

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1. Know Your Why and Express It!

When you know why you are coaching and why you are doing what you are doing, it is powerful to share this and spread it across your marketing platforms. People can connect with you when they see what drives you to help others and this becomes a magnet to your potential clients. When you communicate with your emotions and people can see and feel those emotions through videos or your writing, they can start to bond with your message and mission. Knowing your why is also helpful whenever you’re experiencing challenges in your business. When you feel like you want to give up, this can become your driving force to keep you going (and it’s often these challenges that help you to get closer to where you want to be in your coaching business).

2. Follow The Nudges of Inspiration

There was a reason why you came up with that idea. Have you noticed when you get an insight, it takes 3 seconds for you to talk yourself out of it? If you don’t take action or do anything with these nudges of inspiration, that’s when you can fall into a downward spiral and before


Stepping out of your comfort zone as a coach can be a very rewarding and empowering experience. ALIX GREER


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you know it, your passion fizzles out. I challenge you to put action to your ideas sooner rather than later and trust those nudges. Just imagine how incredible it will feel when you follow that inspiration and you accomplish your goal. Besides, what have you really got to lose?

3. Break It Down

Rather than seeing it as a big goal and being overwhelmed and stuck, break your goals down into smaller chunks. Make an action plan by mind maps or bullet points (whatever works for you) and break it down into a weekly or monthly plan. Get a diary, a business planner or make your own so that you can move forward each day. Writing down that plan will help you to commit to it and eventually accomplish it.

4. Use Your Previous Lessons

If things don’t work out the way you hoped, rather than letting fear to take over, look at what you learnt. Everything we do we can learn from and if it doesn’t work the first time, know that it’s ok. You are getting closer to your goal by knowing what not to do next time. We can learn so much from Thomas Edison who invented the light bulb. Thomas Edison said “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

We put so much pressure on ourselves to get things right the first time but what if there was no right or wrong? What if everything was a learning experience for you to move forward the way you’re meant to? You are closer than you realise. Like a baby taking his or hers first steps, it takes one step at a time. Look at your previous challenges and write down what you have learnt throughout the process.

5. Declutter Your Mind And Space

When our surroundings are untidy, our minds are most likely feeling foggy and all over the place too. Declutter your workspace, organise your desk, make time for breaks and create space for the things that you enjoy. These all help to clear your mind and declutter your headspace to work more efficiently and effectively which can easily lead for to more inspiration and ideas for your business.

6. Surrender and Let Go.

When we are faced with fear the human reaction is to fight, flight or freeze. As an example, think of how you treat yourself whenever you’re working on your business. Your reaction might be to speak negatively to yourself (fight), you might find a way to get out (flight), or 69

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you might stop and talk yourself out of what you are doing (freeze). Your body is reacting in a certain way to protect itself, but there are ways that we can ensure that our minds and bodies are safe. You can start by acknowledging your inner critic and becoming aware of these thoughts. You can thank your inner critic and become her friend. You can tell her she is safe and you are going to take the reins. Whatever emotions come up, you can learn to surrender and let go. Simply repeating “I surrender” and saying what is on your mind can help. Imagine those emotions and feelings melting away from you, or you can try using a visualisation or listening to relaxing music.

7. When You Get The Result Or A Win... Celebrate!

It can be easy to gloss over the wins but when you celebrate, you are showing

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gratitude for what unfolded. Express the excitement and joy that comes with that accomplishment. Celebrating is the total opposite to fear and it’s in this space that we can feel happy and joyful. It also encourages more celebratory moments to happen too. This becomes a snowball effect and attracts more great things in your life and business. If you want to move from fear to fearless as a coach, it’s important to write down your accomplishments and reflect on all that you have achieved in your personal and work life so far. Reflect on your challenges and focus on the strength, courage and the action you took to move forward from these previous experiences. Remember how you’ve felt along the way and use that as momentum to help you move forward. Starting a coaching business is a massive achievement in itself. Know that wherever and whatever stage you are at, you’re definitely worth celebrating!


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Our Spotlight Series with coaches continues this time with the soulful Bari Tessler who has recently had her first book published ‘The Art of Money.’ Get ready to totally up-end the notion of charging what you’re worth! Bari Tessler Linden, MA, is a Financial Therapist, Mentor Coach and Mamapreneur. Bari’s gentle, body-centered approach weaves together personal, couple and creative entrepreneurial money teachings into one complete tapestry. She is the founder of ‘The Art of Money’: a global, year-long money school which integrates Money Healing, Money Practices and Money Maps. Her work and presentations have been featured on and in US News & World Report, Redbook, Experience Life Magazine, and Emerging Women Live. Bari is also the author of The Art of Money: A Life-Changing Guide to Financial Happiness, published by Parallax Press.

What inspired you to write The Art of Money? This is the book I’ve wanted to write since I began teaching my methodology over 15 years ago. It also happens to be the book that people have been asking me to write since I gave talks to a small group in a cozy living room. There are so many books about money out there today which speak about money in traditional ways, yet we need much more than this. I wrote this book for everyone who has ever said: inspired COACH |


“I suck at money and have so much shame about it” “Why can’t I just get it together and be a grownup with money?” “I have no idea what’s going on with my money and I’m too scared to look” “Surely I’m too creative and artistic and spiritual to do money stuff — but I know ignoring it isn’t an option anymore” “Why can I be mindful and compassionate on the yoga mat and in my relationship with food and sex and parenting, but not with money?” Ultimately what inspired me to write my book is what inspired me to do the work that I do as a financial therapist, mentor coach and mamapreneur. My work and book offer some of the skills and perspectives, the permission slips and gentle invitations that were missing from my education as a therapist and a human being. When I had my first big “money initiation” in my twenties, I knew I would need to approach money in an utterly different way. I couldn’t run away from it any longer but I knew a traditional approach to money wouldn’t work for me. I needed a more creative, feminine, deeply meaningful and playful way to engage with it. I needed an approach that integrated the practical aspects of money


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with the emotional, psychological and spiritual. There’s so much suffering and taboo around money in our culture today and we desperately need a fresh approach, with simple and profound tools and practices to take this on as individuals and communities. I’m so grateful to share this kind of support in my book.

What is at the heart of deep money work? Deep money work isn’t just one thing — in fact, that’s the problem with most approaches to money I’ve seen. They all leave out something very important. That’s why my methodology moves through three phases of deep money work: Money Healing: Untangling our emotional patterns around money through mindfulness, gentle therapeutic inquiry, and body-based practices. Money Practices: Transforming money into a meaningful, supportive self-care practice, baby step by baby step. Money Maps: Finally, we put money in service of our values and dreams by honoring the grand trajectory of our lives: where we are and where we’d love to go. While it might offer helpful tactics, the traditional, “just stick to a budget inspired COACH |


already” approach to money usually overlooks the internal, emotional aspects of money. Everything that we learned about money comes from our parents (and even farther back), all of our unique money stories and how money relates to feelings of safety and enoughness, value and power. Without incorporating the emotional work of healing our money relationship, even the slickest financial strategy will succumb to self-sabotage. On the other hand, there are many financial books and methods available today that deal with the emotional and spiritual sides of money yet neglect the practical aspects. These approaches inevitably fail to create sustainable change too. Even the deepest insights about our patterns with money need to be embodied and expressed through practical steps and rubber-meeting-the-road actions if we want them to create lasting change in our world. That’s why after the emotional work (which I call Money Healing), my methodology brings these insights to life with my second phase, Money Practices. Here, we learn that money actually can be a nourishing self-care practice. We learn the language of money and get a financial education — which is crazyempowering! Finally, deep money work recognises and embraces the fact that our lives are never static or even linear. Just when you think you’ve got this whole “money thing” figured out, some ‘Big Life Transition’ will

come around and demand you re-think everything. Perhaps you unexpectedly get pregnant and need to re-think your expenses, earning, and savings strategies; or maybe you decide it’s time to quit that corporate job for good and run with your coaching practice. Our lives go through ups and downs, rhythms and cycles and so does our money. In this third phase of my methodology, Money Maps, we zoom out, vision, and honour where we are in the grand scheme of our lives and how money can support our dreams and desires through time. The heart of deep money work is honoring the need for all three of these phases — Money Healing, Money Practices and Money Maps. It’s also crucial to bring a gentle, loving, compassionate, un-shaming approach to all three of these phases. We all carry some sort of Money Shame and trying to “fix” our money stuff or shaming ourselves into being or doing better simply doesn’t work in my experience. Tough love isn’t the M.O. for deep healing and sustainable transformation. Throughout all of these phases and as you work with your emotions, your practical steps, and even your spirituality within your money relationship, I recommend grounding into your body and being radically compassionate with yourself. Understand your gifts and challenges and missing ingredients with money. Know thyself with money and be gentle with that self. inspired COACH |


How can coaches specifically know and own their value? Know that you are infinitely worthy. Not because of what you do or where you were born or how much money you make, but simply because you were born a unique, precious human. I think the whole “charge what you’re worth” mantra that’s so popular these days is bunk: we would need an infinite number of zeroes after our prices! And yet we need to find ways to bring our gifts and skills to the marketplace, we need to charge for and monetise our work so we can create, survive and thrive. So often we under-charge and under-value our work and ourselves, and this shows up in our money relationship. First comes the inner work. Do you know your value? Can you feel it, in your bones? Can you get curious and compassionate and open and ask your body to show you what value and enoughness feel like? The somatic piece is key here. Pause, breathe, and check in with your body on a regular basis. Notice any tension, shame, resistance, or old, unhelpful stories as you do this. Shake their hands and ask them to sit down for a cup of tea but also listen to the positives. Sit down and make a master list of all your skills, trainings, life experience, gifts, and superpowers (seriously, please do this: it’s an incredible experience.)


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Connect with your sense of spirituality (if you have one): go ecstatic dancing or hiking or read mystical poetry — do whatever helps you reconnect with your sense of wonder and mystery and sacredness. This will help you claim your sense of value on a deep, internal, fundamental level. Then, take a look at how to translate this inner sense of self-worth to external actions. How does this mean you should price your services and products? Today, when I’m determining this in my own life, I ask myself a number of questions:

++ What phase of life am I in?

++ What lifestyle am I going for?

++ Who do I want to be serving as my community? (High, middle, lower income?) ++ Am I facing a “money ceiling” here? (Approaching the upper limit of how much I’ve ever earned?) ++ Is there an opportunity here for me to get savvier about my business model? ++ And my top question: How can I be incredibly generous with my gifts and enjoy a thriving lifestyle? When I graduated with a masters in somatic psychology, I was working as a

social worker and earning $11 per hour. $11! It wasn’t sustainable for me and I was incredibly frustrated that the valuable work I was doing wasn’t more valued by our society. I had to decide that I would be the one to value it. I did this by getting more creative with my business models and always making sure they were in alignment with what would best serve my energy levels, my unique skill set and style, and how all of this shifted over time - for example, when I had my son, I radically shifted my business model.

How do you balance your 1:1 coaching and group programs with being a mamapreneur? For me, this is all about finding the right business model and my goodness, it’s taken me years to get here! I’ve never wanted to primarily serve through one-on-one work. I know this works beautifully for some people, but this never felt like the format where I would excel the most or could be the most generous. I started teaching my methodology in small groups of ten and then twenty people and this slowly grew. When my son was born, I moved my business online and my group coaching programs lept to around 60 participants. The biggest leap for me was shifting my business model into a year-long program with a lowered monthly price point. I’m now in my fourth year of teaching this way and it’s 81

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my favorite teaching model, yet it allows me to be the most generous with my time and gifts and works with my particular style and energy. Plus, it has grown my business significantly as we have over 400 participants this year from across the globe.

What advice do you have for aspiring coaches who would like to get a book published? My personal story feels more like a fairy tale rather than a traditional publishing route!

I’ve fine-tuned and honed my own business model for many years now and have mentored others to do the same. If I’ve learned one thing, it’s this: there is no one right way to create a business model that will work for everyone. This truly is personal. What works great for me might totally flop for you because you have a different set of gifts and a different amount of energy reserves. I know some incredibly successful coaches whose gifts shine best in one-on-one work (which I wouldn’t find sustainable), and they find ways to craft business models to support this work in lucrative ways. My guiding questions when considering work-life balance and business models are: How can I be the most generous with my talents and gifts? What would a lucrative, sustainable business model that allows me to thrive look like? How can I be generous and take care of myself?

After visioning my book for many years, the timing finally felt right to commit to writing the book proposal (which is a huge undertaking in itself). Before my co-writer and I had even completed this, a wonderful publisher contacted me, asking if I’d ever thought of writing a book and could I send them a book proposal. It was a dream come true! While I did weigh my options about other, bigger publishers, I didn’t need to go through the traditional route of shopping my book proposal to different publishers through a literary agent.

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In some ways, I was very, very lucky and I’m so grateful for how things unfolded, but none of this came out of the blue. I had been doing my work, teaching my methodology in small and larger groups in person and online for 15 years. I had honed my teachings, expanded my community and deepened as a teacher. I had shared value-rich articles, interviews, and slowly and sustainably built an engaged community. I had walked my talk, exploring deep money work in my own life every single day.

Finally, I trusted my own timing with writing a book. For me, this meant getting my business model to a stable position and waiting until my son was old enough so that I could focus on the book. Timing is different for everyone. I have dear colleagues who finished writing their books with a newborn on their laps! Whilst I don’t think I could do that, this worked for them and I applaud them listening and trusting their own timing.

MY THREE BIG PIECES OF ADVICE ARE: 1. Do your work. 2. Build your community. 3. Listen to your timing, business and life - as with money and all things!


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1. Coaching is...a powerful

experience that allows for real, sustainable transformation to occur.

2. My clients are...ambitious,

heart-centered women who are ready to embrace their unique gifts and create freedom for themselves through entrepreneurship. Their focus is on being the change they wish to see in the world, while simultaneously creating their dream life.

keep you safe, not just to create resistance.

6. Investing in

simply an exchange of energy that has the power to propel you forward with ease and confidence.

7. Transparency as a how you build trust

exactly what I help women do every day.

and authenticity. This is the key distinction in creating clients versus getting clients. When you are transparent, you allow potential clients to organically connect with you.

4. Living intentionally...

8. Doing it 'your' the

3. Leaving a 9-5 job is...

breeds freedom. When we live intentionally (intentionally deciding where we live, what work we do, what food we eat, who we surround ourselves with), we are actively participating in the creation of a life that is in alignment with our unique values and priorities. This not only creates freedom for ourselves, but inspires others to have the courage to do the same.

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only way to get there. Buh-bye onesize-fits-all. Build a business that is in integrity with what feels good to you– not the way ‘they’ are doing it–and you’ll see mountains move.

9. My favourite way to my 90-minute hot yoga class up the street from my house.

10. My wish for every new that she doesn’t

take too long to decide to trust herself and own what she is capable of. When she decides to trust herself, that is when her business will transform.

Kathleen Ventura is a transformational life and business coach who helps brilliant women build intentional lifestyles based on their unique values. She helps women create the businesses of their dreams with a blend of practical tools and mindset shifts. To date, Kathleen has worked with over 100 women in both her small group programs and one-on-one formats, to support them in growing from aspiring entrepreneur to raving success. 89

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few years ago I listened to the audio version of ‘The Big Leap’ by Gay Hendricks. Having recently read Gay’s book (three years on and into my entrepreneurial journey), it’s interesting to reflect and identify how the concepts Gay discusses truly impact the way we show up as individuals and choose to live.The School of Greatness focuses on one key question – What does it take to be great? There are a few fascinating concepts that Gay discusses in ‘The Big Leap’ that are beneficial for us as coaches. These are: Einstein Time, Four Main Zones and The Upper Limit Problem. Einstein Time I love the notion of Einstein Time. Gay explores this in detail but in a nutshell it’s a concept (a shift in consciousness) that gives you a way to expand your feeling of time so that you have plenty to spend on your work and your relationships. You can feel Gay’s enthusiasm as he explains how Einstein Time helps you to understand exactly what drains your creative energy and how to stop the drain. Einstein Time helps you to feel timeabundant, energy-abundant and gives you the tools to help you remain in a constant state of renewal and for us coaches, feeling time and energy abundant are well worth their weight in wellbeing gold! Four Main Zones At any given time we are usually operating in one of the four zones. The Four Main Zones that Gay describes are: The Zone of Incompetence, The Zone of Competence, The Zone of Excellence and the ultimate one

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– The Zone of Genius, which is when you are feeling an ongoing sense of purposeful joy. You know you are operating in your Zone of Genius when the time you spend there often produces financial abundance, however, it doesn’t feel that you are expending a lot of effort to produce it. Time simply flies and you don’t feel like you are actually working because you enjoy it so much. For us as coaches, it’s beneficial to be aware of which zone we are operating in and where possible, hone in on our Zone of Genius. The Upper Limit Problem

The Upper Limit Problem is a term to describe the way we self-sabotage ourselves when we can’t stand to allow any more joy/ money/love or flow into our lives. It’s like we reach our happiness capacity and have to take ourselves down a few pegs! Gay continues on by sharing four key questions to ask yourself when faced with The Upper Limit Problem. He also includes four follow up questions that will help fast-track your journey into The Zone of Genius. Lastly, as you ponder the above thoughtprovoking concepts, I’d like to leave you with Gay’s ‘Ultimate Success Mantra’ (which has become one of my personal favourite mantras to use): “I expand in abundance, love and success as I inspire others to do the same.” I love Gay’s succinct use of positive words that help you instantly soften, and potentially avoid self-sabotaging yourself (hitting your upper limit) as you move through your day. Happy reading, beautiful you!

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