Let’s talk about fear and VULNERABILITY, because I know it’s something that holds you back from going for those big dreams that really matter to you.

A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to my sister.  She was thinking about joining the Visionary Mom Business Kickstart with me, something we’ve talked about her doing for almost a year.

Her story…

Before my baby sister became a mom, she was training to be a doula.  She had been around the birth community a lot, spent time at the births of many friends, and it’s what she was most passionate about.

And she is super good at doula-ing.  I know, because she was MY doula when my son was born.

She was the only sane person in the room – seriously.  Without her, I think I would have gotten lost in the la-la land I went into to cope with the pain.  She was a rock and her presence is what made that birth be powerful.   I’m not sure I would even be able to remember any of it except she kept me focused and paying attention.

A couple years later, she became pregnant with her own little dude and being on call 24-7 just wasn’t working.  She and her hubs live on a farm in Washington and her life quickly became about holding down the fort.

All along, though, she would talk about birthing stuff: loving it and missing it.  She would run into her midwife and they would “talk shop” and that passion would come up to the surface – her wanting to be a part of the powerful journey of women bringing babies into the world.

But, she had her son and busy farm life, and when could she really get back to it?

Is this sounding familiar?  Can you see where you might be putting stuff on hold, not sure how to fit in things that you deeply love (or used to love) with your busy, mama life?

We ALL feel that!  Trust me, you are not alone.

Then, along came baby #2 and the doula dream – that desire to make her own impact and be apart of something important got pushed further and further to the back burner.

So then, I start working with women to make their business dreams happen.  She and I would talk from time to time about HER dreams and I’d invite her to come play on a team.

But, she doesn’t.

Life goes on… the babies get taken care of, the chickens get fed, the food gets canned, the gardens get planted.

But there is still that doula dream simmering on the backburner!!    

Then, a few months ago, my gorgeous sister accidentally ends up at birth, being a stand in doula for a friend.  BOOM!  The passion and love for birthing and getting to be there and feeling like this is where she belongs is FIRED UP.

So, we talk about her joining a team again and one day, in my inbox is her registration.   WOAH??  My baby sister is doing it!!

But, here’s the thing….  She is still just as scared, just as unsure, just as worried about how to fit it in, how to make it happen, etc.

Even bigger than that, is this HUGE naked, vulnerable feeling of “what am I doing??”

Vulnerability is big time craziness.

Here we are with dreams and ideas and stuff we’re crazy passionate about.  But then we are scared shitless to go for it, to share it with the world, to put ourselves out there.

That makes absolutely no sense, but it’s what happens – a lot!   For all of us.

So, we hold back, we wait, we hesitate….

And the dream begs to come to the surface, it taunts us and reminds us of what we really love, trying to encourage us to go for it…

But, the fear holds us back..  again and again.

Until we just decide to freaking do it.  To find out, to see.

That’s what happened with my sister.  Today, on the phone, she said, “at least now I’ll know if this is what I’m supposed to do and I’ll stop wondering, that is worth it.”

Nonetheless, she feels scared and raw and OPEN.

Vulnerable.

Putting our dreams on the table and risking our heart is so unbelievably scary.

The Visionary Mom Business Kickstart officially gets underway today, but this past week, the team has been introducing themselves and getting to know each other.

My sister posted a bit of her story on our facebook group, really sharing herself, it was raw and REAL.  She immediately emailed me saying she thought it sounded stupid.

I immediately opened up facebook to read it and was moved to tears – by her honesty,  her truth.

The other team members were too.  And here she was, feeling like what she wrote was lame.

But, that worry – it’s what we all think and feel when we start to really go for it.  The fear and uncertainty, feeling like we sound lame, but also feeling that deep love for what we feel called to do at the same time.

No wonder we get stopped in our tracks!  It’s a wild bundle of emotions to feel all at once.

This may be you, too, wanting something, dreaming about it, but afraid.

I get it, I really do.  I’ve been there and I AM there, with my own current dreams and passions.

It’s what it is to be human and ALIVE.

My question to you is this:  what are you waiting for?

If you have a dream like my sister does, like I do, like most of the women I know do – that’s hanging out on the backburner, itching for attention, wanting to be realized, but you are scared (or unsure, or worried, or something)  – my question is this..

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

Whatever is in your heart, whatever impact you want to make, whatever way you want to contribute YOUR gifts to the world, we are waiting for it!

It’s not lame!   It’s amazing.

YOU, precious mama are a gift.

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The Visionary Mom Business Kickstart is officially underway.  If your dream means having your own business… what are you waiting for?

This is THE most complete, actionable, deep, heartfelt, kick in the ass that you are ever going to get to stop HOLDING BACK and FREAKIN’ GO FOR IT!

Find out more here.
(We’ve already started, but you can still jump in until Thursday)

If you are just at the beginning of your entrepreneurial journey, I’m sure you have a lot of questions (maybe even a few doubts).

I hear a lot from the moms I work with that one of your big reasons for HOLDING BACK is that you want to make sure you’re choosing the RIGHT business, for fear that what you want to do isn’t going to work.

  • Will it make money?
  •  Would anyone actually be interested?
  •  Am I ready?

 Yeah, that “Am I Ready” thing is a big one. 

Here’s the truth:   you’re NEVER really going to be ready.

Because ready is a fictitious ideal that you have in your head and guess what?

You’re never going to make the cut. (ouch!)

You just have way too high of standards for yourself and because of that, you’ll never EVER feel like you’re “ready.”

This is good news, though!

Because, you don’t have to be ready.  You just have to begin. 

That’s what I did 9 years ago when I started down the road of self employment.

My (now ex) husband loved food and cooking, so we started a catering company.  We had NO IDEA what we were doing, we just went for it!!

I loved many aspects of our business and we were pretty damn awesome (if I do say so myself).  Our clients were super happy and our business was going strong.

That is, until I realized that I didn’t like many aspects of the catering business, and wasn’t too fond of working side by side with my husband (he’s my ex now for a reason.  😉 )

One of the things I REALLY loved about our catering business, though, was working with brides.  So I decided to start a wedding planning business.

Again, I loved many things about helping people plan awesome celebrations of love.   I learned so much about what it takes to find clients and book gigs and put myself out there.

But,  I started to feel weird helping people spend small fortunes on such extravagance and I fell out of love with wedding planning.

Next up in my entrepreneurial journey? 

While taking care of my babies, I was a die hard cloth diaper user.  I researched and learned and found myself knowing more than one person should know about poop and pee and diaper rash.  😉

My daughter wearing a wool cover I knitted for her. :)

Thus began my first official online business: an informational website teaching people all about cloth diapering.

Over the course of a few years, I learned tons and tons and tons about SEO, website coding, design, marketing and growing an audience.  My site grew and grew and grew.

And then, my babies potty trained and just didn’t care about diapers anymore (imagine that!).

I kept that website going for a few years, enjoying some residual income.  But, my heart wasn’t into it anymore and a few years ago, I made the decision to close up the site.

About this time is when Visionary Mom was born.

Why am I sharing this with you?

Because working for yourself is a JOURNEY.

Where it will take you, you have NO IDEA!

My journey led me from food to weddings to poop expert… all the way to coaching moms to start their dream business!

One thing about working for yourself is certain:  you will learn more about yourself than pretty much anything that you will do with your life (much like parenting).  Owning your own business will push you to grow and along the way you will change.

And so will your business!

When you start something new, you aren’t stuck with it forever.  You can stop, change things up, shift gears and bend with the ever changing circumstances of your life.

What inspires you today may not inspire you tomorrow.

Once you dive in, you may discover aspects of your “dream” business that you really don’t like, making it no longer your dream business.

You will learn things along the way that you had NO IDEA you would absolutely love and you’ll want to explore these new discoveries.

But, you won’t ever get to do any of that if you don’t GET STARTED!

Any successful entrepreneur will tell you that what they are succeeding at today, is not what they originally set out to do.

So, stop trying to figure out the “right” business to do.

Just get started, explore your ideas, put yourself out there, be willing to take the chance, and most importantly…  be willing to FAIL!

You will fail, by the way.  It’s part of learning and growing and building something.  Not everything is going to work out exactly as you had planned.  But, that is part of the process.  It’s what is going to make you stronger and SMARTER down the road.

Along the way, on your journey, if you keep going, you WILL succeed.

xo, Lisa

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You really don’t need to worry about figuring out the perfect, “right” business to get started, you only need the DESIRE to work for yourself and the COURAGE to get started.

But, you will want to make sure that you know a little about what it takes to succeed and get started with confidence.

That’s why I’m teaching a free tele-class – this Saturday – covering the 4 key ingredients to starting a successful business.   It will help you to clarify your business dreams and give a VERY clear direction of how to get started.

You can register for this free class, or find out more here.   

 

 

Do you have a DESIRE to start your own business, but you just aren’t sure WHAT you should do?

It’s a scary thing to put yourself and your ideas out there, so picking “the right” thing seems really important, right?

You have so many ideas and interests, would any of them actually make you money and would you REALLY want to pour your heart and soul into any of your ideas?

Those are important questions to ask and FOR SURE, starting your business with clarity about this is super important.

I recently did one of my FREE 1-on-1 coaching calls with an awesome woman named Teri, who has given me the thumbs up to share about our conversation.

This is the lovely Teri, who I just adore.  I LOVE what she wants to make happen with her business (can you guess what she wants to do?)

She came to our call saying that:

1. She’s been thinking about and wanting to start her own business for years, but is confused about what she should do.

2. She HAS to start making some additional income soon, or go get a part time job, which wouldn’t be the end of the world, except for this nagging desire to work for herself, and

3. She’s scared that she couldn’t do it, couldn’t REALLY make a business happen and is so all over the place with ideas that she feels paralyzed.

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I think many of us feel that way… lots of ideas, doubting ourselves, NEEDING to make money, wanting to work for ourselves, but unsure of what to do.

In my conversation with Teri, we explored a lot of things about her life. We looked at her skills, her passions, what she enjoys doing with her time, how she likes to help and contribute to people.

We dug in and discovered that Teri is ALREADY on the path toward her dream business!

Teri and her husband just moved her family across the country from Oregon to Missouri to build – FROM SCRATCH – a self sufficient homestead. Teri has tons of experience homesteading from their life in Oregon and it’s one of her biggest passions.

She’s already started a blog to share her journey of building their homestead and has thought that it could possibly lead to some kind of a business down the road.

The problem that we ran into, however, are 2 HUGE obstacles that have made starting a business really difficult for Teri:

1. She hasn’t seen CLEARLY just how to start and build a business from her passion, and…

2. She has doubts about her ability to contribute and make a difference, and ultimately lacking the confidence to get out there and make this business happen!

I’m sure that many of you face these obstacles as well.

Starting your own business is RISKY and scary and it will bring your junk up to the surface, for sure!

The thing that will help TONS with overcoming these fears  is having CONFIDENCE and CLARITY about your business dreams.

  • CONFIDENCE that your ideas, products or services are GOOD, and that what your business offers the world is worth paying for.
  • And CLARITY about how your business will make money, how you’re going to grow your business and exactly what you’re going to do to create a business that is wildly successful.

So, how do you gain that clarity and confidence?

I’d love to help you get there. This weekend, I’m teaching a FREE tele-class about this exact topic. I’m going to share with you how to start a business that you will love, that will make a difference AND that will make you money.

You’ll learn the 4 key ingredients to starting a successful business, so you can CHOOSE your business with confidence!

Please join me on Saturday morning (March 30th) at 11am EST.

Click here for details and registration info.

In this free training, I’m going to walk you through the exact work I did with Teri to help you get clarity about your business, figure out exactly what you want to do, and get that confidence to just get started!

Teri and I are now working together to create her dream business and this free class will help you get started with YOURS!

I hope you can join us.

Have a great week, keep dreaming BIG and give those business dreams of yours permission to grow,

Xo, Lisa

If you are working your cute tushie off, trying to build a VISIONARY business: a business that you absolutely LOVE, that makes a difference in the world and that makes MONEY for you and your family…. you likely have fear and worry about that money part of the equation.

Everything from being terrified if you are even going to MAKE MONEY to knowing you should be charging more, but you think it might turn potential customers away to avoiding asking to get paid all together.

Us women, who are also the most awesome caregivers to the cutest little people, tend to get weird about money.  We are just so dang used to giving, giving, giving that when it comes time to ASK for monetary compensation for our ideas, products and services, we turn to mush. 

Which is a BIG problem if you’re going to build a business that is freaking AWESOME!!

Part of the awesome means that you get PAID what you are worth.  And you are worth A LOT!

So that’s why I created a free class to address this craziness, so you can be BOLD and FEARLESS when it comes time to EARN.

We could all use a little kick in the pants, a little love, and some big time encouragement when it comes to thinking about money, earning and our worth.

Please join me TOMORROW for this free 50 minute class all about saying BUH-BUY to your fears and worries about money.

>> Register here  <<

And if you can’t join us live, or you see this late, no worries.. you can still sign up and I will send you the recording.  :)

 

 

This is what I’ve been doing almost every weekend lately..   DRAWING!

This photo is from a couple of weeks ago – I was finishing up a still life from my drawing class.

While I had my stuff all spread out, working away for hours and being a tad shocked that my drawing actually looked like how I wanted it to look (!!), I started thinking about this artist journey that I’ve been on for the past few years.

Did you know that I wasn’t always an artist?

Nope, not even a little bit.    Other than hanging out with artist people, I never EVER thought that I would be making art or that it would now be such a huge part of who I am and how I spend my time.

But seriously, I was a MATH MAJOR when I first went to college out of high school.  Art + Me was NOT happening.

I did, however, have secret artist dreams for as long as I can remember.  That’s why I hung out with artists.  I admired them and looked up to them and deep in my mind pondered what life must be like for them.

I spent much mental space WISHING.  Wishing that I could be like them, and feeling pretty certain that I couldn’t.  I would often have thoughts that began with “If only….”

Do you ever have thoughts like that?  That begin with “If only…”

  • If only I could work for myself…
  • If only I could be more creative…
  • If only I could RUN and be healthy…
  • If only I could travel and see the world…
  • If only I spoke French…
  • If only I could leave my job…
  • If only I was more organized…
  • If only I could find my passion…
  • If only ______________.  (Fill in the blank..  you know your secret wishes.) 

Well, I want to tell you that you CAN!

You can do anything you want with your life.. ANYTHING.

I know that it may seem impossible.  It may feel like you don’t have the skills or the courage or the money or whatever it is you tell yourself about WHY you can’t make that “if only…” a REALITY. But, you CAN make any dream you have happen.

Here’s how I did it to become an artist:

  1. I finally admitted to myself that I really wanted it. 

    I stopped hiding my dream of making art.  It was a little painful, the longing that was there.  It was something that I REALLY wanted, but I didn’t think I could do it.  Letting my heart open up to the desire was scary.  What if I failed?  Or people thought I was ridiculous?  But I did it anyway.  I claimed that want and owned it.

  2. I started.  I began making stuff. 

    It started with sewing things and being crafty around the house.   I still didn’t feel like I was an artist, but it did feel good to set up a sewing space in my home and to make things that I was proud of.

    From there, I started a preschool art group with my kids.  I started to learn about art materials and experienced the way it feels to put paint on canvas.  Still…  I didn’t feel like an artist, but people around me started to think of me as creative – because I was doing creative stuff all the time with my kids.

    Over a year or so, the people in my social circles me saw me in a new way. This wasn’t my intention, but them thinking of me as creative helped to shift my thinking about myself as a creative person.    (this is HUGE, my friends!!!  When your community starts to KNOW you as who you long to be, you start to believe it to.  Often they see it looooong before we see it in ourselves).

    This part of my process happened just because I started DOING stuff that felt creative and fun to me.

  3. I put myself in a structure to make sure I kept at it.

    About 3 years ago, I decided to go back to school.  I started out in a graphic design program.  It felt safe – I knew a little about web coding stuff.  But, it was creative!

    Along the way, I took my first ever drawing class.  I learned how to draw something besides stick figures!   It was amazing!   I officially fell in love with art and switched my major (to art education). 

    Every week now, I spend hours in art classes and I just keep getting better and better.

  4. I keep going even when I suck or I’m not feeling it.

    I have created a lot of BAD art over the years.  But, I’ve also created some good stuff that I’m proud of.  And, with every horrible piece I’ve made, I’ve learned something that has made me better.

    They say practice makes perfect and I know I’m a long way from feeling “perfect” as an artist, but I do see myself getting stronger – both in my abilities and in my confidence.

  5. I take baby steps.

    Everything that I’ve learned started with a small baby step.  I remember buying my first sketch pad and then having no idea what to do with it!  But, I bought it – a baby step.

    Now, I fill up sketch pads all the time and have quite a collection of them.  I even know about the different papers and what type I prefer to draw on.  I’m becoming an expert, which happens slowly, over time.   But, it happens.

  6. I practice.. A LOT.

    I spend at least 10 hours every week working on art!  At least.  Often much more.

    It’s important to me, so I devote time to it.  My house often gets messy in order for me to do this, and other stuff falls to the back burner, but being an artist is a priority, so I make time for it.

  7. I spend time with people that encourage and push me.

    I have the best art teachers and mentors around me.  They know my goals and have seen my failures.  They know what I’m good at and what I need to work on.  I trust them.

    Because of our connection, these people help to push me forward, toward my goals.   I’ve accomplished things I never thought I would because they believed in me.

    This is another KEY part of making dreams happen – Don’t do it alone!!!! 

  8. I learn.  I take classes, I read, I try new things.

    This one is really a no brainer, but it’s important.  I try to not come at things like I already know.  I bring my curiosity along and allow others to critique and tell me how I can get better.  I read and research and explore.   Always.

  9. I share with people about my journey.

    Everyone around me knows that I want to teach art to teens.  I want to share the magic of creativity and make a difference.  It’s who I am and I live out loud about it.  It’s what people now expect of me and they come to me for guidance and encouragement in their own creative pursuits.

    I post images of the work I’m doing, even if it’s not that great.  Because I want to be KNOWN in my community as an artist, so I share about it all the time.  The more I do, the more that REALITY of Me As Artist comes true.

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One day while I was working on a painting,  I realized..  I AM an artist.  I’m no longer WISHING or wanting or trying to become.. I just AM.  And I claimed that title for myself.

It didn’t happen overnight, but by putting myself on the path and moving towards what I wanted.. here I am.. making art.  All.The.Time.

Sometimes the work I do is good, sometimes it’s awful.. but I have confidence now in who I am and the mark I want to leave on the world as An Artist.    I became who I wanted to be.

What’s cool about this story is that YOU can do it too.

Whatever your “If only…”   is, YOU can make it a reality.  You really can.  You just have to start, to begin and follow your own path toward becoming.

Start with my 9 steps:

  1. Admit to yourself what you really want.
  2. Start.  Just begin.  Do SOMETHING that is on the path of your dreams.
  3. Put yourself in a structure that keeps you working on your goal.  A coaching group, a class, a mastermind, an accountability partner, etc.  Come up with a way to make sure you stay in the game.
  4. Keep going.  Even when you fail (you will) or you doubt yourself (you will).  Just keep working on whatever your dream is.
  5. Take baby steps.  Start with one thing – something easy – and go from there.  I think we get overwhelmed by all there is to learn or do to make our dreams happen, so we don’t think we can do it.  But baby steps are a big deal, don’t discount them!  They lead to the good stuff happening.
  6. Practice.  A lot.  You aren’t going to get good at what you want to do if you don’t make it a regular, ongoing part of your life.   Make time for it.
  7. Spend time with people that encourage you and push you to grow and keep at it.
  8. Learn.  Don’t be afraid to look stupid and be a novice.  EVERYONE who made something big happen had to start somewhere.  Get committed to learning and exploring and discovering.
  9. Share about your journey and how it’s going.  This is a great way to see how far you’ve come, what you’ve accomplished and how you’ve changed.  And talk to people about your goals and your dreams.  Let the world know what you are up to and what you want to make happen with your life.  They will do much more than you realize to help pull you into the reality of living your dreams.

I know I make it sound simple and, really, it is.  Move toward your dreams.  Allow your wanting and then start to take action.  By doing so, YOU can live ANY life you can imagine!

Xo, Lisa

 

 

 

There is much talk right now about self care amongst the women I know.   So much focus on taking better care of ourselves and classes popping up all over the place to help bring about more self care.

Well, I think that self care is the wrong thing to focus on!

Which might make you mad, me saying that, but stick with me here.  I’ve been thinking about this alot and I think it’s important for us to talk about.

I know, for me, that I tend to focus on self care when I’m not feeling so great – physically or mentally.  Either really sluggish and tired or not connected and overwhelmed.

I’ll get worried that I’m not taking care of myself and because I’m not, that is why things aren’t working in my life.   So I start to put more attention on things like eating well, getting outside, having alone time, etc.

And it sort of helps.  Sort of.  Sometimes.

Sometimes I do start to feel better.  More grounded and focused and energetic.

But, sometimes I get so super focused on getting self care stuff “in” that it makes me feel worse. 

I’m sure this has happened to you – you convince yourself that when you start that yoga practice back up, or if you go to bed early, or if you drink a green smoothie everyday that you will feel good again – happy and fulfilled.

But, being happy is conditional on you getting that self care stuff in, which is easier said than done.  It’s so easy to FAIL, especially if it’s a brand new habit you’re trying to begin.

And that pressure to get it right, to get the new habit in, to be perfect with your self care can actually do damage to our well being.  One more thing to be perfect at…  GAH!

I have come to the conclusion that focusing on self care is not what makes the biggest difference in us being happy, fulfilled, energetic and feeling good about ourselves and our lives.

What does make the biggest difference?

Having a big, inspiring VISION for your life and working hard to make that vision a reality.

Don’t get me wrong, we still need to take care of ourselves.  But FOCUSING on self care, as if doing so is what’s going to make a difference is a mistake.

Instead, focus on the difference you want to make, the impact your life will have on the world, how you can help make life better for everyone around you.

Focus on your VISION and what you want your life to be about – the big picture stuff. 

That is what will make you come alive, feel empowered, want to get up out of bed and get stuff done.

And, working on a powerful vision for your life will probably help you to take better care of yourself.

When I am engrossed in making big stuff happen, when my life is about vision and purpose and I’m working on making an impact, I instinctually take better care of myself.  I have to.  My vision depends on it.  I can’t make the difference I want to make if I’m tired and dragging my feet.

But, I don’t FOCUS on self care.  It just is.  Like brushing my teeth. It’s just what I do so that I can be as awesome as I want to be!

My focus is on my VISION! 

And yes, sometimes I stay up too late, or drink a few too many beers or eat bad food or whatever.  But, doing so doesn’t send me down a spiral of “I should be taking better care of myself, if only I did then I could do so much, what is wrong with me.. .etc..”

I really believe that if all you have to worry about is your self care then you aren’t playing a big enough game with your life.   Have your self care be in service of something BIGGER.  Have it matter and make an impact in the world.

That is what will make you feel happy and fulfilled.  Focusing on your vision.  Doing so will probably help you take care better care of yourself, too.  :)

 

 

What I am most interested in here at Visionary Mom is helping you to make your dreams REAL.  It is one thing to wish for things, to want them, to desire something new and exciting in your life.

It is quite another thing to LIVE your dreams.

To be them.  To produce results and make big things happen.  To accomplish your goals and be inspired and to feel like your life is being lived with purpose and passion.

When you start to see your brilliant ideas manifest into the very fabric of your life… THAT is exciting and powerful!

So, today, I want to talk with you about how to make your big ideas happen.  Let’s get to it…

First, you have to start with VISION.

I talk about this alot.  You have to be clear about your vision…. your WHY.

It’s important because:  if you’re just doing stuff to do stuff… well, that is going to get tired fast.  Who needs more stuff on their todo list, right?

But, when you can articulate and speak about your vision in a crystal clear way – so that it inspires you and inspires others, that’s when life gets juicy. 

Your life becomes about something bigger, something that is deeply fulfilling and feeds your soul.    And THAT is what we want, yes?

Next, you have to have a PLAN.

Once you know what you want to experience and feel, what inspires you, and the impact you want to make with your life – your vision…  the next thing to do is plan.

Planning gives you a path to take, a destination and a road map to make your dreams a reality.   Without a strong plan, you are leaving things up to chance and we don’t want that!

You want to produce results and make magical things happen.  A plan will help you know what there is to do and will help guide the choices ahead.

A good plan will help ease your stress, uncertainty and overwhelm.  When done right, you will feel empowered and excited to take action.  

Without a plan, it can be really scary if you look at all there is to do.    Planning should break things down, make what there is to do feel DOABLE and motivate you to start taking action.

Planning gives you the framework to create and design a life that you love. 

Once you have a clear vision and an awesome plan, it’s time to take ACTION.

Action is more tricky.  It’s where the rubber meets the road and where you will get tested and confronted and challenged.

BUT!  Taking bold action is also how miracles happen and how you will make your dreams come true!  So, this is important.

For most every single person that I’ve coached, taking action is usually the hardest part.  This is where you will get stuck, give up, run away in fear, never even get started, doubt yourself, etc.

To powerfully take action, you need to have:

1.  Commitment

Often times what we THINK we want for our lives is not what we are really COMMITTED to.   You have to get yourself into a space of commitment to start taking action.  Wanting something is not enough.

Think about how committed you are to your kids – taking actions to care for them is easy (most of the time) and you don’t walk around going, “well should I feed my kids dinner tonight, I’m just not sure if it’s the right thing to do, maybe I’m not ready, what if they don’t like what I make… etc.”

You want to bring that same kind of unshakable commitment to making your dreams happen.

2.  Proper Mindset

Commitment and mindset go hand in hand.  Being able to put yourself in a powerful state of mind to take action is critical to not only take the actions you need to take, but also important so you will be EFFECTIVE when you do.

When you BELIEVE you can accomplish your goals and are doing so in service of your vision, your actions will be so much more potent.  When you doubt and question yourself – your actions are muddy.    Period.

3.  Accountability

When I know that someone is counting on me to do something, I am going to do it.  Aren’t you the same way?

Self accountability is much harder.  We let ourselves off the hook easily.  We put things off until “tomorrow” and this happens more often than we like to admit.  If you can create an environment of accountability – either with yourself or to another person – you are waaaaay more likely to get stuff done.

Accountability has to do with integrity and having a solid relationship with what you say you’re going to do.  This takes practice and patience and oftentimes – kindness.

Accountability is HUGE part of the getting stuff done mindset.

4.  Being Organized

Taking on big projects and ideas – in our business and in our lives – takes a certain level of organization.  To take action, you need to know what there is to do and where the stuff you need to do your work can be found.

If you are digging through boxes and taking 2 hours to set up your workspace every time you sit down to create something, you won’t get much done.

If you are just working randomly – not sure what will make an impact or have you be productive, then you will end up on facebook just wasting time.

Being organized about your dreams and goals will help you accomplish them faster. 

5.  Clarity

If you are worried and stressed and doubting yourself, the work you do will be less than your best.  If you are CLEAR – with the right mindset, a powerful vision, a good plan and the confidence in yourself – then… WOW!  Look out world there is so much you can do!!!

Taking the time to get yourself clear and focused will help you take actions that make a difference.

6. Courage

Really, none of this can happen without courage.  Doing big stuff with our lives, taking risks, going for it.. that is SCARY!  That fear can easily cripple even the boldest of dreamers.

Courage means to take action in the face of fear – it doesn’t mean the fear will go away.  When you are courageous – afraid and taking action anyway – there is NOTHING in the world that you can’t do!

These six elements:  commitment, proper mindset, accountability, being organized, clarity and courage will help you to start and KEEP taking action. 

And finally, you have LIVE OUT LOUD

How are you doing?  You hanging in there with me?  Yes?  Ok, good.  Because this next piece is a BIG deal!

You can’t accomplish big things on your own.  You just can’t.  It’s a fact of life.  Great ideas, movements, businesses, art projects, adventures and anything else that you can dream up that is BIG cannot be done in isolation.

So, to accomplish your dreams and produce inspiring results, you’re going to have to open your mouth and SHARE what’s in your heart.  Your ideas and your passions and what you see is possible in the world – they want to be heard by others!

That’s scary, I know.  But it’s a critical – life changing – step on the path toward making your dreams a reality.   Doing so takes courage and vulnerability and risk.  You’ll be letting people know what you really, really want for your life.  And that thing that you want to make happen: it may fail miserably, completely not work, or people might think you’re completely nuts for going for it.

Scary!!!!

Living out loud is a big deal.   It makes such a huge difference.  But, finding the courage to let people into your heart and share what you’re dreaming about is not always easy,  I know.

That raw vulnerability to create something, share it and put yourself out there is scary. 

It’s also very powerful.  It’s the secret ingredient for making your dreams go from idea to reality.

So Let’s Review

The way to turn your dreams into reality is to make sure that you have each of these four ingredients working together:

1.  Your Vision:  Your why is the juice behind working your butt off to make big stuff happen. 

2.  A Plan:  Knowing where you’re going and how to get there so you don’t waste time spinning your wheels. 

3.  Taking Bold Action:  Things aren’t going to magically happen by themselves –  you have to put your foot to the pedal and START!

4.  Living Out Loud:  Awesome ideas are going to grow and blossom when you stop trying to do everything on your own and start participating in powerful ways with the communities around you.

I would LOVE to help you learn how to apply this formula to your life.  It’s not easy to do these things, I know.  But, I also know – from my own experience and from working with hundreds of other moms – that when you use this formula in your life – BIG results will happen! 

  • You will accomplish things that you never thought you could.
  • You will grow and become the person you dream of being.
  • You will come alive and be radically inspired.
  • You will be happy and fulfilled knowing that your life will unfold the way you want it to be.  The way you dream it to be.  And THAT is awesome!!

So, here is what I’m proposing – really it’s an invitation:

  • If you would like to immerse yourself in these ideas, practice them and get good at applying them
  • If you would like make something big happen in your life
  • If you know that doing it alone just isn’t an option….

Then I would like to invite you to come be on the next Visionary Mom Team that starts on February 18th.

The VM Team is a 3 month group coaching program that is super affordable and super effective at getting you into action.   It’s less than $15 per week!!  I think your dreams are worth that, don’t you?  You can find out more about the teams here.

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I believe in you and your dreams. It is so freaking inspiring to me to hear what you guys are doing!  And I so love hearing from you.  So, please share with me what starts to happen as you apply these steps in your life.  They work!!

xo, Lisa