The obstacles that are keeping you stuck in your business

In my experience working with dozens of women in my mastermind programs, two big obstacles are usually keeping you stuck in your business: strategy and mindset.

• THE OBSTACLES THAT ARE KEEPING •

Strategy:

Are you using the most effective approach to produce the best results in your business? Do you know which one to implement?

In my mastermind programs, savvy business women share all their tried and tested resources, strategies, and systems, and as a result, they advance their businesses fast and efficiently.

Mindset:

“Success is 80% psychology and 20% semantics.” ~ Tony Robbins. Most of the time I find my mastermind participants are looking for that magic pill that’s going to change it all. They’re so convinced that the reason they’re stuck and not growing as fast as they want to is that they haven’t found the perfect strategy and systems yet. And 80% of the time it turns out that there is a story, thought or limiting belief that’s keeping them from succeeding. Once they make that shift, things accel faster than they could ever imagine. Even I had this very same experience when I attended a Mastermind Day in New York at the beginning of February. I went in expecting that my strategies were all off. But at the event, I became aware of a huge mind block that was holding me back massively in my business. I left with new awareness and a strategy to shift my perspective, and as a result, it changed my entire approach to my business and ended up having THE best February in the books to-date. And I’ll be honest and tell you I worked less, was more productive and created it with ease.

The day was so powerful that I immediately started working on putting my VIP Mastermind Day together for Boston so that you could experience these amazing results for yourself too. Being in the room with savvy business people, learning from them, and connecting on both the practical level as well as the deeper underlying energies brings about huge insight that can help you leap forward in your business.

So what do you say !? Are you ready to give yourself and your business the opportunity to prosper this year? Sign up for the Mastermind Day Now.

Have questions? Feel free to book a call with me here, and I’ll answer all of them for you!

x Hanneke

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Forbes Magazine says you must join a mastermind

Masterminds are so effective that hardcore business magazines like Forbes regularly write about the benefits a mastermind can provide for entrepreneurs.

Here’s what one Forbes article highlighted on what a mastermind can help your business with:

  1. Accountability
  2. Regular connection.
  3. Networks beyond your own to tap into.
  4. A trusted circle of colleagues to help you make decisions.
  5. A chance to learn from other businesses and leaders.
  6. A confidential space to discuss challenges and problems.
  7. A laboratory to learn and experiment.
  8. A reflection of your own wisdom and expertise as you help others.
  9. And potentially long-term friendships and connections.

 

Photo credit: Forbes Magazine's Website
Photo credit: Forbes Magazine’s Website

“Having people around to call on when you need it is one of the soundest investments you can make.” I couldn’t agree more with Forbes Magazine on this. If you look at the most successful people in business, you’ll notice that none of them got there alone. They leveraged the crap out of their networks and connections, invested in support, created buy-in from others, and then they achieved massive success.

What do you think? Does masterminds sound like your thing? Let me know what you think and if you have questions. Just hit reply to this email, and I’ll get right back to you.

Stay tuned for my next email with all the obstacles that are keeping you stuck in your business.

x Hanneke

P.S. In the corporate world? Ask me about my Corporate Masterminds  –  click here and scroll down.

Original Forbes Article.

Mastermind Results:

If you know me, you’ll know that I’m all about RESULTS. Yes, the balance, space and other lifestyle improvements like less stress, better sleep is, of course, an amazing bonus. But I’m not just about the fluff over here. I’m committed to helping female entrepreneurs own their power and charge their worth and see real results.

That’s why I wanted to take the time to show you some of the results my clients achieved while being part of my six-month mastermind program that includes two sessions per month for six months via Zoom conferencing.

That’s right our mastermind participants are dialing in from all over the world twice a month, and I’m so proud of these women and what they’ve accomplished as a result of the accountability and support they provide for each other on and off our calls.

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Are you ready to see their results?

While being part of my mastermind community where participants were fully supported and worked with the intention they:
  1. G0t clarity and focus to become more organized in their business
  2. Acquired multiple new clients, locked in big projects, submitted and won high paying proposals
  3. Created systems to streamline client on boarding (read clients said yes more.)
  4. Got confident in their price & sales strategy and process that resulted in higher client conversion rates
  5. Hired copywriters, content writers, and website designers
  6. Expanded their business team members/staff
  7. Formed new collaborations and connected with powerful influencers in their industry
  8. Created new websites with professional photos and copy
  9. Grew their social media presence
  10. Created content that went viral
  11. Launched and filled new online programs
  12. Hit six-month income goal in only four months

Wow wow – I won’t lie, I’m so stinking proud of these ladies!

And also here’s what Kristin, owner of KD Media and Thrive by Food, and Nicole Guilmartin from Nicole Guilmartin Events have to say about their experience. (FYI both of these ladies have been through two mastermind rounds with me!)

 

So what do you say!?

Are you ready to experience REAL results like this in your business? But maybe you’re still not sure exactly how these groups work, and you’re not ready for the six-month commitment. I get it!

That’s exactly why I created a wonderful little appetizer for you. On April 27th at 9am-4pm I’m hosting a VIP mastermind day. Where you’ll be able to experience the structure and benefits that a mastermind offer. Join me and an intimate group of savvy business women who are serious about growing their business to new heights here.

I’d also love to invite you to book a call with me here to see if this is the right fit for you.

Can’t wait to have you there,

Hanneke

The two most common objections to business masterminds and how it’s killing your business

I’m guessing you may have identified one thing in my previous post that indicated that it’s time for you to join a business mastermind.

You may have thought to yourself: yes – this sounds like exactly what I need. And then all the but’s came flooding in like:

I don’t have time to devote to a business mastermind

Oh, my dear, I hear you-you’re a busy bee! I get it. But are you really working smarter in your business or are you just down in the weeds busy doing all the donkey work. And are you working on the RIGHT stuff that will ensure success in your business? Being in a mastermind helps cut down your working hours because you’ll leave every session knowing exactly what the steps are that you need to implement as well as the best systems to achieve success faster. Gone are the days of doing the trial and error stuff – your mastermind buddies have your back!
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Why do I have to pay for it? Why don’t I just put an informal group together

Yes, absolutely you can put an informal group together, but that means you’ll have to invest your valuable time (which you’re already short on) to find the right people to be in your group. And then you’ll have to take time to organize and coordinate everyone schedules. And before you know it you’ve lost hours that could have been spent working on revenue producing activities in your business. So now this informal mastermind is costing you money. And even if you did find a way to run it nice and smoothly, how will you keep everyone focused, consistent and on point, and also make sure that your needs are met? Paid masterminds do all of the dirty work for you, all you need to do is rock up to each call with your challenge and be ready to engage, ask questions, learn from others, and be ready to grow your business.

Stay tuned for my next post where I’ll highlight more of the hardcore business results you can expect when you join a mastermind program.

XHanneke

The five signs that indicate a mastermind is what you need to up-level your business:

The five signs that indicate a mastermind is what you need to up-level your business:

So masterminds huh? They sound cool and exciting but when do you know that you’re ready to join one?

I’ve been running masterminds since 2015, and I’m personally in one for my business growth too. I’ve experienced the benefits, and exponential business growth first hand and my clients’ results include launching new side-hustles, online programs, adding new clients, new revenue streams, and hitting their income goals in half the time they anticipated. Bottom line: masterminds are the BOMB when it comes to growing your business fast! (if you ask me :))

In today’s email, I’m sharing how to identify when and if you need a mastermind. Ready? Let’s jump right in.

The five signs that indicate a mastermind is what you need to up-level in your business:

1. You’re gearing up for massive growth in your business
You’re implementing all sorts of new strategies, expanding your team and planning significant expansion. It’s new territory; you don’t have many or maybe ANY business friends who are at this level of business. And you’re facing all sorts of new challenges. Having support and accountability from like-minded people get where you’re at or are a little further along in their business would massively help you figure out the right path to hit your goal faster.

2. You’re doubting whether you’re prioritizing the right stuff to grow your business
There are all sorts of roads that may lead to success… or dare we even say it: failure. Which one of the options at hand is the right option to achieve your business success, faster and smarter? The collective intelligence and experience of a curated mastermind group helps you brainstorm the best business strategies and gives you hardcore advice to work smarter while speeding up your results.

My Mastermind Buddies and I with our Business Coach at a Mastermind Day in New York City.
My Mastermind Buddies and I with our Business Coach at a Mastermind Day in New York City with Money Mindset Coach, Denise Duffield-Thomas.

3. You’re facing new challenges in your business
Congratulations you did it, you officially grew to a new level in your business! But now you’ve got some new hurdles, like who to hire first, or perhaps you have to restructure your team and fire some people. There are lots of growing pains that come with business growth, and when you have a mastermind group who has your back, you’ll be able to overcome all these problems with more ease and confidence.

4. You’re feeling isolated and lonely
You have all these fantastic ideas, and amazing things are happening in your business, but there’s no one who you can call to bounce ideas off of or who can genuinely rejoice in your success and understand your entrepreneurial journey. Mastermind buddies are THE best people to celebrate, be vulnerable with or bounce ideas off of because they get you! They know you inside out because they live a parallel life to you in their business.

5. You’re struggling to focus and stay grounded on your way to your goals
Most entrepreneurs have shiny object syndrome – which is a beautiful gift when it comes to creating new and exciting programs and products, but it seriously blows and throws you off track when you’re trying to stay focussed and finish a project. Mastermind friends keep you accountable, they hold you to your mission and your ultimate goal and can call you out on your BS when you go astray.

Stay tuned for my next post featuring the two most common objections about masterminds and how it’s killing your business! Subscribe to the newsletter and get your million-dollar mindset cheat sheet below!

x
Hanneke

Mastermind Highlight Interview: What it takes to be a CEO

This week’s mastermind highlight interview may be one of my favorites yet. In this interview I get the DL on what it takes to take massive risks, run multiple projects in your company and step into that CEO mindset with our special guest: Andrea Isabelle Lucas the owner of Barre & Soul.

Watch the interview to get the juicy details on how she built the Barre & Soul empire, studies with the original creator of Barre’s daughter in the UK, wrote a book, created the world’s first online barre training in the Lottie Berk methodology, a clothing line and more while raising two kids practically on her own!

Become a barre teacher here!

Read more about Andrea and her new book here.
Shop her amazing workout gear here.

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About Andrea Isabelle Lucas

Andrea Isabelle Lucas is founder of Barre & Soul, a successful, rapidly growing community of studios delivering Barre & Soul method classes, and challenging, athletic Vinyasa Yoga classes to strengthen body, mind & soul. Barre & Soul method fuses elements of ballet conditioning exercises, yoga, pilates and calisthenics for a total mind-body workout that never fails to challenge and uplift clients. Andrea has overcome personal challenges from teen pregnancy to domestic abuse, and is building an empire based on her expertise and passion for womens’ issues, mind/body wellness, and Barre based on the authentic Lotte Berk method. She learned early how to fuel her inner fire through mind/body fitness, and has catapulted herself to entrepreneurial success. She is driven by a mission to support women everywhere to overcome barriers and pursue their biggest dreams with grace, grit and strength.

How I had my best February since being in business.

How I had my best February since being in business.

I can’t believe we’re already in March!? How are you doing? Do you still have that zest and drive to make this year your best year yet? I still do, and I want you to know I’m right here to help and support you to have the best year too!

 

And that’s precisely why I wanted to share the steps I took to have my best February since starting my coaching business in 2013! And it didn’t involve any new tech-savvy strategies or re-inventing the wheel in my business either. In fact, I did less with more ease the entire month long.

 

Here are the steps that made all the difference:

1. Outsourcing: I try to no longer do ANY of the “busy” work in my business. I hired a virtual assistant at the beginning of the year, and she’s doing all client on-boarding. The penny on this dropped massively for me when I attended a mastermind day with self-made millionaire Denise Duffield-Thomas last year. Women are terrible at asking for help, and that holds us back in business because we’re spending time on work that is not our zone of genius or keeps us from focusing on the revenue-driving activities in our business. Hiring people to help me with all these ad-hoc activities allowed me to focus my energy on reaching out to new and serving existing clients in an authentic way. As you may have noticed, I’m also undergoing a little bit of a transition over here to working only with people who want to grow their business and side-hustlers starting out or transitioning to full-time entrepreneurs, either in my private practice or through my mastermind programs.  This means the copy on my site needs to be adjusted and instead of wrestling with it for hours – I’ve outsourced it to my favorite copywriter. Other things that are on the list to outsource over the next few months: website optimization and updating, creative designs for website/social media.

2 . Working on my mindset. One of my mastermind buddies’ favorite saying is: “mindset work is the work.” And I have to say I agree with her. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve employed a few new strategies to overcome all fears, self-doubt and pretty much any thought or feeling that’s not serving me and what I want to accomplish in my business or life this year. There are millions of mindset tricks but here are the ones that I’m actively practicing:

a) Morning and evening gratitude and journal practice – I write out what I’m thankful for and allow some time to ponder on it along with anything that I’d like to release.
b) Meditate – I do 10 minutes of meditation in the morning to center me for the day.
c) Exercise regularly – I’ve also started doing a few new classes to spruce things up
d) A conscious effort to drink more water and eat healthier meals.
e) Releasing all things, stories, and people that don’t make me feel great. What that looks like in practice: I limit scrolling time on social media, I don’t read horrible news stories – yes, I stay informed but I don’t need to read 5 articles about the same sh8tty thing. I only hang with close friends who are near and dear and doesn’t suck energy. (note this doesn’t mean I don’t allow my friends or myself to vent or talk about the harder things in life)

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My office space: I’ve added a few things that inspire me here like the fresh flowers, sage and salt lamp.

3. Slowing the F Down!
If you know me you’ll know that I normally work at the speed of light and I’m going a million miles a minute, while this is great for implementing new programs and moving into action fast, it soooo doesn’t allow for being and working with more intention (read working hard and stupid). Always rushing things out means I don’t work smart in the long run. So I’ve taken some major chill pills (hence all the meditation work) so I can work and implement strategies that will reap more benefits and higher revenue long term.

4. Getting myself in the room with other successful business owners

I saved this one for last because it was the MOST important shift and contributing factor to having the best February since being in business for myself. I attended a mastermind intensive day with my business coach (another one of the best things I ever did for my business) in New York City at the beginning of the month, and it was the best thing ever, for two reasons:
a) I got to be in the room with multiple six and seven figure entrepreneurs; our work together lead to massive shifts for all of us. It heavily shifted the way I approach my business and how I now show up and work on growing it.
b) It was further proof that my mastermind programs are so essential and needed to help other entrepreneurs grow and thrive in their business! In fact, the day made such an impression on me that I decided to create one for the serious business peeps here in Boston too! Join me Friday, April 27th for a VIP Mastermind Day  – give yourself a day of space and deep connection to focus working ON your business vs. in it. Be in the room with an intimate group of spectacular businesswomen and step into your million-dollar business mindset (only ten spots available). Click here to join us.

And that was it. Simple, I know but so effective!

Now I’d love to hear from you!?

Have you recently outsourced a few projects in your business? What did you outsource first?

And which one of these tips was most helpful and will you employ first?