What I’ve had to believe to write my book

What I’ve had to believe to write my book

“Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” ~ Walt Disney

You get to choose.

Just like we are what we eat, we are what we think and believe. Our mindset shapes our ability to achieve. It’s with this knowledge in mind that I knew to start and finish writing my book, I’d had to work on a few beliefs.

In this blog entry I’ll share four beliefs I’ve cultivated and/or actively worked on (and continue to work on) while writing my book.

I continue to say them when I feel doubt creep in or I occasionally write them out. Having these mantras helped speed up the process of writing my book.

1: It is possible for me to write a book.

I used to think that I didn’t have that much to say and everything’s already been said, so why bother? And because of these thoughts, the prospect of writing 50 000 words would completely overwhelm me.

In order to embody the belief that I could write a book, I knew I needed help and accountability. Hiring an editor who pushed me to outline the entire book in more detail than I thought possible helped me to believe that yes, it was indeed possible for me to write a book.

Which brings us to the next two beliefs I had to work on:

2: Whoever needs to hear my message will find this book helpful.

3: What needs to be heard is what I’ll be guided to write.

I also knew that I didn’t want this project to turn into something I resented doing. Like most business owners, I, too, tend to grind and push to get things done. Experience has taught me that when I do this, I suck the joy right out of a project, AND I end up burning out.

So the next belief I worked on is:

4: It’s possible to have fun while writing this book.

Writing from my back yard has made things more fun!

I continue to uncover limiting beliefs and experience fear as I move through this process. And when they show up, I also remind myself that it’s normal to have anxiety and limiting beliefs. And then I remind myself of the author, Elizabeth Gilbert’s quote from her book Big Magic:

“There’s plenty of room in this vehicle for all of us, so make yourself at home, but understand this: Creativity and I are the only ones who will be making any decisions along the way. I recognize and respect that you are part of this family, and so I will never exclude you from our activities, but still—your suggestions will never be followed. You’re allowed to have a seat, and you’re allowed to have a voice, but you are not allowed to have a vote.”

And I get right back to writing and taking action despite the presence of fear and doubt.

X Hanneke

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    Resilience + Money Mindset in Practice

    Resilience + Money Mindset in Practice

    In today’s episode of The Savvy Business Show, we have a very special guest. This special guest is the editor of this podcast, the go-to video guy, and also my husband.

    Robert Antonelli is the owner of Antonelli Visual Media, and today he is going to talk with us about how his resiliency routine and money mindset have helped during this time when COVID-19 has severely impacted his business.

    Let’s dive in…


    During the COVID-19 epidemic many entrepreneurs have had to make a shift to their business.

    Today we are going to talk about the things that have helped him show up every single day and continue on despite uncertainty and the challenges he has faced.

    Robert runs a video production company whose primary focuses on weddings. Unfortunately with COVID-19 the wedding industry has been hit hard. This has made a huge impact on the financial budget well into 2021.

    Bob has joined me to develop a resiliency routine that works for us. You might be asking yourself how do you get a partner to start a resiliency routine with you that perhaps they were hesitant to do before. By enthusiastically sharing your ideas with another allows you to inspire others to start theirs.

    So what steps has Robert taken to focus on his resiliency routine?

    Meditation

    Starting his day with meditation allows him to get present with himself. This helps him to not have tunnel vision and control stress so that he can focus on possible solutions. It has allowed him to release attachment to the outcomes that were supposed to happen.

    Focusing on the Money Mindset

    Letting go of the worry where money will come from and letting go of worry that you won’t get anymore business, because it is out of your control.

    This opens up your mind to allow you to focus on new opportunities that can come your way. It is a time where you allow your business to grow in the direction that it should. Opening his business up for innovation.

    Remember that this will not always be the thing that you want to do, but when you have this routine you will see results. Having a resiliency routine and money mindset makes you more resilient, helps you to adapt, to bounce back, and to move forward.


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      • You’ll become part of my VIP Book Club that will give you access to:
      • An exclusive PRE-SALE DISCOUNT CODE when pre-sales start later in 2020.
      • A special invitation to the book launch parties.
      • Other opportunities to win prizes when you help me spread the word about my book.
      • BONUS you’ll also get behind-the-scenes insights on all things book-related, my writing process, publishing, and more!

      Sending you lots of strength and courage! Until next time

      Five Strategies to be a more effective CEO

      Five Strategies to be a more effective CEO

      Today’s, Savvy Business Show talks about taking a closer look at the 5 strategies that will help you lead your team with more ease.

      My clients often come to me for help to lead their teams more effectively.

      As the owner of your business, it’s important that you step up to be the leader. – claim that role. 

      Why? Because when you don’t do this  – you confuse and frustrate your team.

      Let’s dive in…


      My clients and I look at this every single time the team is expanding or contracting. And we take it a step further making sure that everyone’s roles are clearly laid out.

      When roles are defined it gives everyone clarity. And clarity  –  especially when lots of changes are happening, is a key for employees to feel safe and valued.

      When people feel safe and valued they can focus better and thus be more effective.

      1st  strategy: role definement

      For strategies 2 – 5, I’m referencing the Four Agreements  – The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom is a self-help book by bestselling author Don Miguel Ruiz with Janet Mills.

      The book offers a code of conduct based on ancient Toltec wisdom that advocates freedom from self-limiting beliefs that may cause suffering and limitation in a person’s life. – a really good book to read as a business owner.

      Be impeccable with your speech

      Don’t take anything personally

      Don’t make assumptions

      Always do your best.

      Being impeccable with your speech:

      My clients often have trouble with this one as they don’t want to insult their staff or come across as condescending.

      Of course, you can mind your tone, but over-communicating is way better than under communicating for both you and your employee – the clearer you are and the more direction you give, the more confident they’ll feel.

      They won’t have to guess what you want or what you meant.

      Don’t take anything personally:

      Keeping the focus on the facts and the tasks at hand is super essential when working with your employees. To help my clients take things less personally I often ask them: what does the BUSINESS need right now.

      It’s easy to get your own ego wrapped up in your business and I have found that when I ask the question, what does your business need, my clients are able to separate themselves from their business and look at things more objectively.

      I’m going to do a deeper dive into this in a future episode, but for today: just remember to not take things personally.

      Don’t make assumptions:

      “And if you insist on continuing to make assumptions about my character, I’ll advise you only this: assume you will always be wrong.”― Tahereh Mafi, Ignite Me

      This applies to more than just someone’s character. When you continue to assume things – you’ll set yourself up for lots of disappointment and frustration – which of course can then lead you to take things personally.

      So stop assuming and start communicating better.

      Even if that means having difficult conversations, conversations don’t have to be difficult – because when you come to the conversation with the four agreements, you’re going to be able to have more powerful conversations with people that will help you lead better too.

      Always try your best:

      Knowing that you (and your employees) are always trying your best with what you got will allow you to let things go easier, to stop beating yourself up, judging/blaming others

      So let’s do a quick summary:

      • Define roles clearly
      • Be impeccable with your speech
      • Don’t take anything personally
      • Don’t make assumptions
      • Always do your best


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      Sign up below to get Chapter 11: A Leader Is Born of the first raw draft of my new book!

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        When you sign up to download your FREE CHAPTER, you’ll also get the following perks:

        • You’ll become part of my VIP Book Club that will give you access to:
        • An exclusive PRE-SALE DISCOUNT CODE when pre-sales start later in 2020.
        • A special invitation to the book launch parties.
        • Other opportunities to win prizes when you help me spread the word about my book.
        • BONUS you’ll also get behind-the-scenes insights on all things book-related, my writing process, publishing, and more!

        Sending you lots of strength and courage! Until next time