Surviving two recessions: more robust and resilient

Surviving two recessions: more robust and resilient

On today’s episode, we’re talking to Brian Milauskus, founder and owner of Kidstock! Theater.

Brian has successfully grown this business to seven figures twice over the last 28 years. A creative genius, Brain first founded Kidstock! with the intention to simply make a living for himself. The company quickly grew to a flourishing business that helps kids use their creative ability through theater to develop critical interpersonal skills and boost their confidence.

Kidstock now offers many opportunities for kids to reach their full creative expression through afterschool movie-making classes, birthday parties, summer camps, they also offer an online curriculum and more.

Under Brian’s guidance, Kidtock! survived two significant recessions – the great recession and the latest recession, which was induced by COVID.


  1. What’s your biggest lesson when it comes to surviving recessions? 

Patience – Trust – Don’t panic – release yourself from blame – accept and continue rather than deny and stop – do you want to journey or do you want to arrive?

  1. Recently, in our work together in the Up Level Program, your most profound “aha moment” was the necessity to lead yourself before leading others. Why was this such a big realization for you, and how will this help you create future business success?

Self-employed people are parents to their businesses

In the beginning you need to do everything for it, and then over time you need to let go and allow it some freedom to grow and to become independent, and eventually you need to see your business as an adult child and learn to live with it in a parallel role as opposed to a responsible role – your job is too become responsive to its needs instead of being responsible for its needs.  

It can be very difficult to let go of something you love – to stand back and watch it make mistakes on its own and learn from them.

Building a working relationship with this new entity not owning it or letting it own you

Semantics – Control as a noun rather than a verb – being, having, maintaining, managing

  1. You’ve always been interested in personal development and reaching your highest potential. How has this interest and desire helped you in growing your business over the years? 

Finding the reward in learning from missteps

Examining rather than accepting

“What if?” as opposed to “what now?”

  1. When you first created Kidstock! You did so out of the desire to “simply make a living.” – but it has grown into a huge success that completely surpassed that first intention. How do you think your focus on being creative and chasing the fun versus the money as a measure for success hindered and helped your success?

Ignorance is bliss – I would have closed if the only metric for success were financial

Theatrical producer in me knew how to present – followed the idea that live as if you have what you want

Hindsight shows me where there would have been little compromise and great growth IF I had understood myself and the dynamic of where I wanted to go better

  1. What was your biggest business challenge of 2020 and how did you overcome it?

Survival – Responding as opposed to reacting – Allowing myself to consider all the options available to me without feeling the need to decide

I involuntarily revisited the mindset I had when I started and connected again with why I started and was able to let go of the trappings I had acquired and placed value on over time

  1. What’s next for Kidstock!? And what mindset shifts/personal development or other business strategies are you currently deploying to help you to get there? 

My next step is to return to what was but redefine it for now – circumstances have challenged some of the basic controlling assumptions I had been working from – what do I “need” – both professionally and personally – has been deconstructed and examined to the point of being redefined.

In many ways the silver lining of this pandemic has been the chance to stop running the race, be the Monday morning quarterback to review the plays and the choices made in the game, and then looking ahead be able to return to the game wiser and more aware.  

After losing what I had and still being okay, the anticipation of returning to what I had in a more neutral mindset but with a larger toolbox excites me – the business concept which once upon a time was just me as a self-employed person remains intact, but the dynamic of curating a team and managing their efforts and communicating with them in my own best interests is a newly understood potential for me that I am anxious to develop into a stronger skill

Here’s what Brian said after he completed the Up Level Program:

“The most dramatic “aha moment” for me during the Up Level Program was the necessity for me to lead myself before leading others.

My business has been reignited on all levels as a result of my participation in the Up Level Program. I anticipate my team being more proactive and independent.” ~ Brian Milauskas, Founder & CEO Kidstock! Theater

Reignite your business and become more resilient — join the Up Level Program today.

Registration for The Up Level Program is Now Open


Reaching Your Full Potential In 2021

Reaching Your Full Potential In 2021

On today’s episode, we take a closer look at the habits that will help you reach your full potential in 2021.

I will also share a great resource that will help you not only reach your highest potential but also re-energize you and set you up for innovation and rebuilding a more sustainable and profitable business that also give you freedom on in 2021.


A common denominator that almost every client that seeks out to work with me has, is the desire to reach their full potential.They have so much creativity and tenacity.

Most of them started their business as a solopreneur and quickly grew its way beyond their wildest imaginations.

These high achieving entrepreneurs are on a quest to accomplish great things.

This innate desire, unfortunately, often leads to these folks: 

  • Overworking in their business 
  • Having unrealistic expectations of themselves
  • They are often unable or unwilling to delegate tasks because
    • They believe that they can do it better than anyone else
    • fear that if they do let go of control that things will go wrong .
  • All of the busy work prevents them from then stepping into being the visionary of their business — which directly impedes their business’ ability to grow and scale in a way that will create freedom. 


All of the above leads to lots of frustration, exhaustion, and in the worst cases: burnout and a big desire to sell the business and run away to a beach somewhere.

This is the exact opposite of their desire to achieve their highest potential. 

So how does one reach one’s greatness? How do you perform at optimum levels of capability?

To do so you have to cultivate awareness about: 

  • Your unique energy and how you recharge it
    Are you an introvert? Do you know how to get into a flowing, calm, and clear state in your mind and body?  Knowing your personality type and doing various personality tests and readings will help you understand how to harness your power.
  • Your inner critic and doubter
    This is where mindset work and paying attention to what you think becomes vital.
  • What are your beliefs around your business and your ability are and challenging those 
  • Your unique leadership qualities that will get the most out of your team
  • Do you know where your business is going?
    • Have you re-evaluated your business goals and vision (with a year like 2020, you may have had many new insights, ideas, and ahas — have you taken the time to re-imagine your vision?) 
Now, if you’re going, ooh yes, THIS IS EXACTLY where I have a blindspot.

This is what I need to do and want to work on. I have the perfect resource for you.

Enrollment for the Up Level Program, my 6-week course where I help entrepreneurs unlock their joyful path to higher profits and freedom, is now open!

In this program, I will show you how to get re-energized and focused on what matters to grow your business and reach your highest potential. 

In our 6-week’s together, we’ll have weekly calls and a curriculum that will guide you to discover 
  1. Your unique way of working that will help you to conserve your energy and overcome exhaustion, 
  2. How to make the best business decisions that will ensure innovation and higher profits
  3. Your unique leadership traits will invigorate your business and team on all levels to be proactive and independent.

I’m also going to show how to curate, clarify, and step into your role as Visionary of your business. This will further ignite innovation and productivity. 

I’ll show you a simple mindset shift that will help you redefine your relationship with your business and further unlock freedom and faith in your company’s ability to scale profits.


Sound like just what you need?

Be sure to check out the Up Level Program now

Would you like to Reignite your business on all levels in 2021?

Do you want to expand despite the world around you contracting?

Are you ready to step into your highest level of leadership even though you’re so freaking tired?

Is it time for you to innovate in the face of an uncertain future? 

If the answer is YES, then you need to show up, think, and act differently every day.

How does one do this? 

It takes commitment, it takes awareness and it takes you implementing certain strategies every day. 

And in the Up Level Program, I’ll share the step-by-step and tailored to your specific needs process with you.

Unlock your full potential and create the freedom and abundance you desire for yourself and others, with joy and ease. Enrollment and early bird opens in early January.

Registration for The Uplevel Program is Now Open


20 Business Lessons of 2020

20 Business Lessons of 2020

It’s a new year and I hope that you’re just as excited as I am to finally bid the beast of a year that was 2020 adios and farewell.

As always though, we do learn some of our best lessons when the going gets tough — and so, in today’s episode of the Up Level Project Podcast, I’m sharing 20 lessons that my clients shared/experienced and ones that I learned as well. Click here to get the 20 lessons from 2020!


Let’s dive right in: 

  1. You are not in control of everything.
  2. You are not your business. 
  1. Getting stuck in the busy work vs. proactive role in your business leads to frustration and burnout.
  1. Healthy financials and cashflow are super important.
  2. Resiliency routines help leaders to gain clarity.
  1. You are your business’s most significant asset.
  1. When leaders have clarity, they inspire productivity and confidence
  2. Stop expecting last year’s path to success to give you the same results this year.
  3. When you learn how to work with your personality type and everything that makes you unique, you gain clarity, energy and get results faster.
  1. Regularly evaluating your Why behind your business.
  2. Business systems and back-office processes are vital to support business growth.
  3. Stop and ask yourself how you can simplify something more often.
  1. Showing up as the leader and drawing firm boundaries with your team empowers them (and will not always feel comfortable or easy.)
  2. Before you can lead others, you have to lead yourself.
  3. Feeling fear is normal.
  4. Don’t take things personally. Blaming yourself when your business isn’t performing the way you expected isn’t productive. It will only mess up your self-esteem. Which will further sabotage your ability to see the solutions that will get you to better results.
  5. Surround yourself with other business owners, people with whom you can safely share ideas, experiences, and challenges. This will help you get out of your head – feel less isolated, acknowledge, and celebrate your wins.
  6. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of courage and commitment to achieve your highest potential.
  7. The more chaotic things get, the more critical it is to have open and honest communication lines with your team and clients.
  8. You will always underestimate your progress and accomplishments — take a minute to acknowledge yourself. Because you’re awesome

May these lessons help you as you set out to accomplish great things in 2021. 

Would you like to Reignite your business on all levels in 2021?

Do you want to expand despite the world around you contracting?

Are you ready to step into your highest level of leadership even though you’re so freaking tired?

Is it time for you to innovate in the face of an uncertain future? 

If the answer is yes, then you need to show up, think, and act differently every day.

But how does one do this? 

It takes commitment, it takes awareness and it takes you implementing certain strategies every day. 

And in the Up Level Project, I’ll share the step-by-step and tailored to your specific needs process with you.

Unlock your full potential and create the freedom and abundance you desire for yourself and others, with joy and ease. Enrollment and early bird opens in early January.

Click here to learn more about the course and get on the waitlist! 


The Scientifically Proven Mindset Behind Success

The Scientifically Proven Mindset Behind Success

An article that was published earlier this year on ScienceDaily.com reads:

“To succeed in modern life, people need to accomplish challenging tasks effectively. Many successful entrepreneurs, business people, students, athletes, and more, tend to be more strategic — and hence, more effective — than others at meeting such challenges. A new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that one crucial psychological factor behind their success may be a “strategic mindset.”


On today’s episode, we dive deeper into what the article highlights that will help you cultivate a strategic mindset. I’ll give you an easy formula that will help you step into that strategic mindset faster. 

 


According to this article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the good news is that people can implement the findings that a strategic mindset leads to more success in their lives immediately. In the article, Prof Chen advised, “As you approach whatever challenging goal you are pursuing, you can ask yourself, ‘What are things I can do to help myself (and others)? Is there a way to do this even better?’ If something you have been working on isn’t going so well, can you step back and ask yourself, ‘How might I go about this differently? Is there another approach I can try to help this go better?'”

I’ve seen this attitude create excellent results in working with many 6 – 7 figure business owners. However, in my experience, I have found that something has to happen before entrepreneurs can step into that strategic ACTION part that these questions pose.

In the article, Co-author Professor Carol Dweck from the Department of Psychology at Stanford University explained, “There are key points in any challenging pursuit that require people to step back and come up with new strategies. A strategic mindset helps them do just that.”, you have to step back and then ask those questions. Some important has to happen in that stepping back.”

So what has to happen in that stepping back? 

I call this the secret sauce — the groundwork that will determine how successfully you can see the solutions that those questions are designed to help you see.

To get out of a state of overwhelm or panic and lay that foundation for a strategic mindset — business owners must have a basic understanding of how the mind works and how that influences their actions. 

To understand behavioral patterns, we can, of course, look to the world of cognitive-behavioral therapy (some call it the ABC model.  There are many articles about this model online. Here’s a quick summary of the CBT model, according to the BecksInstitute: “Cognitive behavior therapy is based on a cognitive theory of psychopathology. The cognitive model describes how people’s perceptions of, or spontaneous thoughts about, situations influence their emotional, behavioral (and often physiological) reactions. Individuals’ perceptions are often distorted and dysfunctional when they are distressed. They can learn to identify and evaluate their “automatic thoughts” (spontaneously occurring verbal or imaginal cognitions) and to correct their thinking so that it more closely resembles reality. When they do so, their distress usually decreases, they are able to behave more functionally, and (especially in anxiety cases), their physiological arousal abates.”

So, in short: something happens — and your thoughts/beliefs around this will determine your actions, leading to specific results. 

The first learned about this in a book by Jack Pranksy — Somebody Should have told us — and this knowledge saved my life. And over the years, I started adapting this model to specifically hello entrepreneurs build a more strategic mindset.  

Over the years, I deduced it to a quick formula, which I dubbed the UP LEVEL FORMULA — and in my forthcoming book The Up Level Project — I dive super deep into the science behind this formula and how it can help get better results. 

This formula (along with the other tools of The Up Level program)  has helped my Up Level Program clients land huge contracts and develop new revenue streams. I love this tool as it’s something fast and easy to implement to achieve anything you want.

The Up Level Formula works as follows: 

Beliefs + Thoughts + Language + Feelings + Actions = Results

To get different results, you have to upgrade or change one or all of the things in this formula.

Bringing that back to the strategic mindset questions: if you believe that it’s impossible to achieve something or it’s too late to fix that problem, then you’re going to have thoughts that line up with that belief, you’re going to use language that suggests that you have that belief, 

For instance, you may say things like: it’s never going to work, it’s too late.

These specific thoughts will then give you feelings of angst and fear (which will kick up more panicky thoughts.), and all of this will then influence your actions. 

You don’t want to take action/to take half-hearted effort — and that will influence your results. 

When you implement the Up Level Formula: Beliefs + Thoughts + Language + Feelings + Actions = Results

You’ll be able to step into that strategic mindset faster and give innovative solutions answers to those strategic mindset questions that the article poses.

So let’s recap what you now know: 

1 – Science has proven that a strategic mindset is needed to achieve success

2 – You can cultivate that mindset by asking yourself specific questions

3 – To supercharge your results and strategic perspective, you can implement the Up Level Formula: Beliefs + Thoughts + Language + Feelings + Actions = Results

If you want to dive deeper into this work or work with me — be sure to listen to the outro. Thank you so much for listening, and we’ll catch up next time on The Up Level Project Podcast.

FACT CHECK:


In doing some fact checks and further research into both CBT and specifically the work of Dr Jack Pransky — I discovered that there is a slight (yet significant difference) 

Dr Pranky is a Three Principles Author, Trainer and Practitioner — The three principles refer to Universal Mind, Consciousness and Thought– and how these three work together to create everyone’s unique “reality,” out of which they then think, feel and act.

And CBT’s approach differs from this in that they believe that the outside event is neutral and that you can change your experience/feelings and behavior around that neutral event by changing your thoughts about it. 

So the way I interpret it in short is that The Three Principles believe that you create your reality by cultivating awareness through Universal Mind, Consciousness and Thought — which is more inlign with the principles of The Up Level Formula where I operate on the basis that you can create the results you want by cultivating awareness and adjusting your beliefs, thoughts, language, feelings and actions.

And the CBT only focuses on the idea that you can change your experience of the activating event but not reality itself. 

Like I said, a very slight difference but I did want to ensure I provide you with the correct facts and insight of where my work and the research behind it comes from.

Thanks again for listening. 

The Uplevel Project

Do you want to expand despite the world around you contracting?

Are you ready to step into your highest level of leadership even though you’re so freaking tired?

Is it time for you to innovate in the face of an uncertain future? 

If the answer is yes, then you need to show up, think, and act differently every day.

But how does one do this? 

It takes commitment, it takes awareness and it takes you implementing certain strategies every day. 

And in the Up Level Project, I’ll share the step-by-step and tailored to your specific needs process with you.

Unlock your full potential and create the freedom and abundance you desire for yourself and others, with joy and ease. Enrollment and early bird opens in early January.

Click here to learn more about the course and get on the waitlist! 


Reflection as a growth strategy

Reflection as a growth strategy

On today’s episode we are going to discuss how reflection helps you to get better results, and accelerate growth. I’ll also share a powerful resource that you can use to help you cultivate your weekly reflection process.

As Albert Einstein’s famous quote states:

“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”

I tend to see that business owners are all geniuses, learning from big mistakes and making sure that they understand them and correct those missteps in the future to get better results.

What about those smaller, less obvious ones? How do you spot those and ensure that you don’t keep making those?

You don’t just have to wait for only big mistakes to happen for you to learn or accelerate business growth.

Drawing from Einstein’s wisdom: we can be geniuses more often.


Suppose you want better/different results because you’re a high-achieving entrepreneur who wants to reach your full potential.

It’s time that you start measuring your progress on a regular basis so you can identify what new actions need to be taken instead.

How?

By allowing yourself time to reflect and debrief regularly.

In my work with clients, I usually help them develop a weekly practice of reflection, using my CEO Power Sheet — which you can download right now.

By doing the CEO Power Sheet regularly, it helps my clients to:

See what’s working? What keeps them motivated?

They can then build on those strategies and amplify them. Allowing consistent action in a direction that will offer the results they desire and eventually create lots of effortless momentum.

Notice what’s not working and make adjustments faster.


When you hold these debrief meetings weekly with your team or when you finish a big project, it allows you to spot inefficiencies, identify where you can improve, and adjust things faster, helping you course-correct with more ease.

Help you stay focused:
Checking in on where you’re at, where you want to weekly, helps you stay focused and consistent. And we all know that consistent action is the secret sauce of building success. 

Saves time and create more freedom:
By bringing focus to actions that give the results you want, you’ll waste less time on energy-draining activities. This will help you create more freedom in your business.

Helps you grow:
In the Up Level League Mastermind and my 6-week Up Level Program, we spend a lot of time cultivating awareness about entrepreneurs’ personal-development and growth

Continuing with Einstein’s theory:
Getting better results means cultivating awareness about those actions that are holding you back.


Fact is: Whether you are doing focused personal development work or not, you’re always evolving as a human; you’re changing. 

And because you’re constantly changing, your needs and desires will be changing as well. These factors will significantly influence how you operate in your business; it will impact your motivation and, of course, your actions too.

When you are aware of this growth, you can harness it to accelerate the results you want. Also allowing you to make adjustments to ensure that you stay fulfilled in your business. 

Taking time to reflect helps you track how you’re changing as a business owner and will help you run your business differently. This will align better with the results you want. 


For instance, in a recent CEO yearly review with one of our Up Level Program members, the client figured out that they had completely changed from who they were when they first started their business. 

Yet, they were still running their business as though they were still the person they were way back when.

Running their business from that vantage point significantly impacted their future vision of what the company could become.

In short, not stepping into who they had become and thinking about their business in that way held back future business growth opportunities. 

So let’s do a quick recap. In this episode, you learned that:

  1. If you want different results, you have to start doing things differently (And stay tuned for next week’s episode to get the formula to help you DO things differently and uplevel your results.)
  2. How reflection helps you to better your results by helping you:
    1. Identify what’s working and what’s not
    2. Save time and create more freedom
    3. Help personal development which accelerates business growth
  3. Remember to download your CEO Powersheet and start holding your weekly CEO meetings with yourself as well!

DOWNLOAD YOUR CEO POWER SHEET HERE.


The Uplevel Project

Do you want to expand despite the world around you contracting?

Are you ready to step into your highest level of leadership even though you’re so freaking tired?

Is it time for you to innovate in the face of an uncertain future? 

If the answer is yes, then you need to show up, think, and act differently every day.

But how does one do this? 

It takes commitment, it takes awareness and it takes you implementing certain strategies every day. 

And in the Up Level Project, I’ll share the step-by-step and tailored to your specific needs process with you.

Unlock your full potential and create the freedom and abundance you desire for yourself and others, with joy and ease. Enrollment and early bird opens in early January.

Click here to learn more about the course and get on the waitlist! 


Gaining clarity that leads to confident and inspired action

Gaining clarity that leads to confident and inspired action

On today’s episode, we continue our conversation from episode 86 and dive deeper into ways to gain clarity that will lead to inspired action. Clarity without action steps that inspire and motivate us will only lead to burnout and frustration. In today’s episode, you’ll learn four foundational ingredients that will have you taking energizing action every day.

When it comes to gaining clarity, I’ve noticed that there are usually three foundational elements that need work first before clarity can spring into energizing action:

And they are: 

  1. Trust
  2. Commitment 
  3. Creating Space 
  4. A weekly reflection on progress

Let’s take a closer look at all three of these. I’ll give a few pointers to help you build on these principles: 

  1. TRUST

When it comes to building a business and creating the vision that you hold for that business and your life there are a lot of things that are out of your control. 

Giving up control is a big hurdle for most high achievers. This tends to keep them stuck and unable to break through to the next level.


As much as we like to pretend that everything is in our control. 2020 has been living proof that actually– we don’t have that much power at all.

Entrepreneurs need to control EVERYTHING that eats up a lot of bandwidth. This creates a lot of inner friction, analysis paralysis that drains energy, and in the most extreme cases, leads to burnout.

Of course, the negative brain chatter that a perceived lack of control condors up, fog your brain, and immediately blocks any clarity and decisive action that wants to come through.

It stalls you and can take any action. It feels like you’re fighting an uphill battle. – messes with your trust

So, how do you silence the chatter: 
  • You work on trusting and having faith that no matter what. You’ll figure out solutions to any problem that your business presents.
  • Focus on what you can control in a situation and let the rest go
  • Having a mantra-like: everything is always working out for the higher good of everyone involved usually helps clients to ground down and silence those doubting thoughts.

2 COMMITMENT 

Creating your vision and having the courage to take the actions required to get you there takes unwavering commitment. 

You have to commit that you’re going to do whatever it takes to achieve your vision. To get to this level of commitment, I usually get my Up Level Program members and Up Level League mastermind to ask themselves:

On a scale from 1 – 10 (10 being extremely committed), How committed am I to this goal? 


If the answer is anything less than an 8, I ask them what will get them eight or higher?

This question helps to create further clarity by assisting clients in reevaluating their WHY/reasons or motivation behind their vision.

It also allows them to see where what they say they want and their actions are not aligned; it also shows us where they may be neglecting self-care/meeting essential needs that are needed to create energizing action. 

3. CLARITY NEEDS SPACE: 

When you started your business, you had to be the Chief Everything Officer — so you did a lot of busywork.

Now that you’re a multiple 6 -7 + figure entrepreneur, it requires you to work in a whole new way. That means way less busy work — which is why, as I mentioned in Episode 86 — I spend a lot of time helping my clients to reframe and shift their mindset around “hard work = success” or “not being busy = lazy.” 

All the busy work has taken a toll and may have sucked your excitement for your business out of you. When we’re uninspired, clarity that energizes us enough to take massive action is impossible to get.

To create more freedom and higher profits require an evident (and exciting) vision —

A vision that will allow you to lead others to places where they would never go by themselves.

This kind of clarity can not happen when you are bogged down in the day-to-day.

The clarity needed to grow beyond where you’re at now requires SPACE. Space to think outside the box, room to play, freedom to be creative, and it’s way beyond problem-solving mode and into expansive and innovative thinking. 

Most of my clients have forgotten how to dream. Dreaming of what’s possible is exactly what’s needed to create more freedom and profits. 

How do you get into this space? 

  • Mediation
  • Journaling 
  • And one of my favorites to set it off:” The what if” game.

The trick here is to set aside time where you’re playing and having fun, knowing that you’re not committing to anything and therefore you don’t have to jump into solution mode just yet.

4: REFLECTION CREATES CLARITY

Finally, to step into inspired action, reflection is needed. You can only get clear on where you’re going when you know where you’re at.

Knowing where you’re at and reflecting on lessons learned will help you bridge the gap between where you are and where you’re going. 


I recommend a weekly CEO review or debrief to help you do this.

During your review you can ask questions that will help you see what you’ve learned, what progress was made, what worked, and what didn’t.

DOWNLOAD YOUR CEO POWER SHEET HERE.

All of the above will help you to stay not only motivated but also gain further clarity on the road to success. 

So to sum it all up: Clarity informs inspired and energizing action. 

The steps you can implement straight away to get you to take confident action are the following: 

  1. Let go of what is NOT in your control and trust yourself and the universe that everything is always working out in your favor 
  2. The more committed you are the easier it will be to gain clarity and see what steps to take to create your vision
  3. Create space and time to dream and allow yourself time to get clearer on your vision and identify creative and fun ways to create success
  4. Start holding weekly CEO meetings with yourself where you reflect on what you’ve learned, what’s working, and what adjustments need to be made.

The Uplevel Project

Do you want to expand despite the world around you contracting?

Are you ready to step into your highest level of leadership even though you’re so freaking tired?

Is it time for you to innovate in the face of an uncertain future? 

If the answer is yes, then you need to show up, think, and act differently every day.

But how does one do this? 

It takes commitment, it takes awareness and it takes you implementing certain strategies every day. 

And in the Up Level Project, I’ll share the step-by-step and tailored to your specific needs process with you.

Unlock your full potential and create the freedom and abundance you desire for yourself and others, with joy and ease. Enrollment and early bird opens in early January.

Click here to learn more about the course and get on the waitlist! 


Three mistakes entrepreneurs make when it comes to gaining clarity and how to overcome them

Three mistakes entrepreneurs make when it comes to gaining clarity and how to overcome them

On today’s episode, we’ll explore the three mistakes entrepreneurs make regarding gaining clarity and how to correct them. We’ll also look at why clarity is so important and why it seems to be so elusive. You’ll also leave with three clear strategies that you can implement straightaway to help you gain clarity in any situation.

When it comes to business, clarity is super important. That’s why it’s the very first section in my book The Up Level Project: Your guide to unlocking higher profits while creating more freedom, and it’s also one of the first modules we cover in The Up Level Program — my 6-week course that’s the companion to my book and this podcast.

Why is it so important: because Clarity lights up the way to success. But not just the general way to that goal.

When you have clarity about your vision, how you work best, and your top leadership qualities, then that clarity lights up your UNIQUE path to reaching your full potential (and yes, that means higher profits and freedom) 

But clarity seems to be one of the biggest struggles for humans in general. And it’s no different for business owners. Clarity can be elusive. 

In my work with dozens of multiple 6 – 7 figure business owners, I’ve identified THREE big mistakes that prevent clarity from shining through: 

1. People are looking for clarity in the wrong place
Meaning: when people think about getting clear, they usually start looking at the steps to achieve a goal. But when we do this — our brains immediately begin to see all the problems and potential things that may go wrong and why a plan won’t work.

These thoughts kick up more fear and other emotions that further blurs our road to success. 

To get the action plan that will lead you to your vision, you have to focus on WHAT YOU WANT.

What is your vision? The more you can stay in vision mode, the easier it will become for your brain to ID HOW to get there.

In the previous round of the UP LEVEL PROGRAM, this was a huge realization for my 7-figure business owners. When we focus on WHAT the how to get there naturally lights up for us.

Which brings us to our second mistake entrepreneurs make when it comes to gaining clarity:

2. Jumping into action too fast
Most of the multiple 6-7 figure entrepreneurs I work with are high achievers; they are extremely driven and impatient. They want results fast. Of course, this behavior is the very quality that helped them grow their business to multiple 6 and 7 figures.

BUT it’s also the same quality that will make it impossible to get to the next level without expending massive amounts of energy.
Stuck in the weeds and spinning one’s wheels but getting no-where.

For entrepreneurs to gain clarity on their vision and see the path to make that vision a reality, while getting inspired and energized to take action with ease vs. action that drains you; business owners have to learn to sit in inaction a little longer, focusing longer on what they want and why they want it. 

When working with mastermind clients and Up Level Program clients on this, we do a lot of work around rewiring old beliefs that doing nothing is somehow lazy or the belief that you’ll somehow fall behind by slowing down. 

3. Fear of getting it wrong

Lots of people have trouble figuring out what they want aka gaining clarity because they’re scared that they’ll somehow get it wrong.

This mentality shows us that there is a lack of trust on the business owner’s behalf. I help my clients to work on their faith muscle a little more…

This is exactly what we’ll get into in our next episode, so be sure to tune back in next week!

For now — remember that there is no getting something wrong, there is only getting it, learning from it, and then upleveling with new wisdom. You only fail when you decide to not get up and try again.

Ok, here are your three takeaways that will help you to avoid making those pesky mistakes when it comes to getting crystal clear on what you want:

1 – Focus on what you want vs how you’ll get there 

2 – Focus on your vision and stay in inaction until you feel inspired to take action

3 – There is no getting it wrong, there’s only learning and choosing to uplevel from where you’re at


The Uplevel Project

Do you want to expand despite the world around you contracting?

Are you ready to step into your highest level of leadership even though you’re so freaking tired?

Is it time for you to innovate in the face of an uncertain future? 

If the answer is yes, then you need to show up, think, and act differently every day.

But how does one do this? 

It takes commitment, it takes awareness and it takes you implementing certain strategies every day. 

And in the Up Level Project, I’ll share the step-by-step and tailored to your specific needs process with you.

Unlock your full potential and create the freedom and abundance you desire for yourself and others, with joy and ease. Enrollment and early bird opens in early January.

Click here to learn more about the course and get on the waitlist! 


The New Uplevel Project Podcast

The New Uplevel Project Podcast

Welcome to The New Up Level Project Podcast formerly known as The Savvy Business Show. 

Today we are going to dive in to my business model and why we are moving to a rebrand, my new book (coming in Spring of 2021), and how I developed The Uplevel Formula-which is my #1 tool I use to help people.

– Changing limiting beliefs or blocks that are keeping them to reach their full potential

– Launch new businesses and revenue streams

– Take their company from 0 – $ 500 000 in 2 years 

Come find out more on The New Uplevel Project Podcast

Before I dive into what the new show will hold for you…

So about a year ago, I decided that I was going to do something that I never thought I’d be able to do: and that was writing a book. — for the record, it’s something that I never thought I’d be able to do — but by using the very strategies I share in my book, I was able to sit down and effortlessly write the first draft of the book in 90 days. 

And We’re currently putting the finishing touches on the book, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

As you can imagine writing a book against the backdrop of the year that has been 2020 has been an extraordinary experience, and yet the more I wrote, the more it became clear that the strategies I share in the book are needed more than ever NOW. Waiting for the book to come out next year – wasn’t going to cut it, and that’s why we launched the Up Level Program — the 6-week companion course to the book and why we’re also here today, launching the new PODCAST: The Up Level Project Podcast.

This podcast aims to give you tangible takeaways and strategies that you can implement to help you shift your perspective, overcome challenges, uplevel your leadership skills, and create more freedom and profits in the process.

Are stories, experiences, and core beliefs from our past. 

In the coming episodes, 

We’ll dive deeper into the principles that I share in my book that will be released in Spring 2021, and we’ll also interview special guests to further help you uplevel your profits and leadership skills.

we’ll explore my Up Level formula ( an equation that originates from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.)→  my number one tool for that is The UP LEVEL FORMULA  — which is my #1 tool I use to help people

– Launch new businesses and revenue streams
– Take their company from 0 – $ 500 000 in 2 years 

  • Have their best revenue year in 2020
  • Secure 6-figure and up investments

This formula that helped me to overcome depression and build two award-winning businesses in under five years (and write the first draft of my book in under 90 days.)  in more depth will help you cultivate more introspection, 

Growing a successful business that will give you both financial freedom and fulfillment means that you have to: 

Assess the quality of your commitment to your goals often.

Gain clarity on your vision.

You have to build awareness about your beliefs, thoughts, language, feelings, and behaviors and uplevel and adjust them to align with your vision.

Hone your leadership and managerial skills

Focus on business development, And always strive to do better than you did yesterday. 

This is our mission and quest that we’re setting out to achieve in the Up Level Project Podcast episodes.


The Uplevel Project

Do you want to expand despite the world around you contracting?

Do you want to step into your highest level of leadership even though you’re so freaking tired?

Do you want to innovate in the face of an uncertain future? 

If the answer is yes, then all you have to do is choose to show up, think, and act differently every day.

But how does one do this? 

It takes commitment, it takes awareness and it takes you implementing certain strategies every day. 

And in the Up Level Project, I’ll share the step-by-step and tailored to your specific needs process with you.

Unlock your full potential and create the freedom and abundance you desire for yourself and others, with joy and ease. Enrollment and early bird opens in early January.

Click here to learn more about the course and get on the waitlist! 


How Clarity can help you in business, including have those difficult conversations   w/ Erica Courdae and India Jackson

How Clarity can help you in business, including have those difficult conversations w/ Erica Courdae and India Jackson

On today’s episode of The Savvy Business Show we have two very special guests Erica Courdae and India Jackson.

This dynamic duo has over 30 years of diverse experience. Along with running a successful coaching business and marketing company, Erica and India are the hosts of the Pause on the Play Podcast. Erica Courdae + India Jackson are two leaders that combine two very different fields of expertise together for game-changing results. As an entrepreneur + licensed coach, Erica Courdae guides people through having engaged conversations and imperfect action within large communities, international podcasts, and live events to create inclusive work spaces and ethical company cultures. As the CEO of Flaunt Your Fire, India Jackson and her team has provided visibility consulting, strategy, photography, training, social media management, and branding to companies like Christian Dior, six-figure coaches, and professional athletes.

Not only are they my special guests today, but they are also going to deliver very exciting content in the VIP area of The Uplevel Project. This very special content is their 2 hour DEI Workshop- Implicit to Explicit, Leading with your Values.

Let’s Dive in…

Today we are going to talk about clarity and how it helps you to have difficult conversation and what it helps you with in your business. I am joined by India Jackson and Erika Courdae

We dive into:

  • Clarity and what it does for your business
  • How to use clarity to have those difficult converstations
  • How Clarity can create Polarization

Come find out more on the latest episode of The Savvy Business Show

India Jackson and Erica Courdae

The Uplevel Project

Do you want to expand despite the world around you contracting?

Do you want to step into your highest level of leadership even though you’re so freaking tired?

Do you want to innovate in the face of an uncertain future? 

If the answer is yes then all you have to do is choose to show up, think, and act differently every day.

But how does one do this? 

It takes commitment, it takes awareness and it takes you implementing certain strategies every day. 
And in the Up Level Project, I’ll share the step-by-step and tailored to your specific needs process with you.

Unlock your full potential and create the freedom and abundance you desire for yourself and others, with joy and ease. Enrollment and early bird opens July 6th.

Click here to learn more about the course! 


Creating a brand that’s diverse and inclusive  w/ Erica Courdae and India Jackson

Creating a brand that’s diverse and inclusive w/ Erica Courdae and India Jackson

On today’s episode of The Savvy Business Show we have two very special guests Erica Courdae and India Jackson.

This dynamic duo has over 30 years of diverse experience. Along with running a successful coaching business and marketing company, Erica and India are the hosts of the Pause on the Play Podcast. Erica Courdae + India Jackson are two leaders that combine two very different fields of expertise together for game-changing results. As an entrepreneur + licensed coach, Erica Courdae guides people through having engaged conversations and imperfect action within large communities, international podcasts, and live events to create inclusive work spaces and ethical company cultures. As the CEO of Flaunt Your Fire, India Jackson and her team has provided visibility consulting, strategy, photography, training, social media management, and branding to companies like Christian Dior, six-figure coaches, and professional athletes.

Not only are they my special guests today, but they are also going to deliver very exciting content in the VIP area of The Uplevel Project. This very special content is their 2 hour DEI Workshop- Implicit to Explicit, Leading with your Values.

Let’s Dive in…

Today we are going to talk about how you can build a more diverse and inclusive brand that is going to stand out and attract and have the impact you want to have on the world.

We dive into:

  • Why it is important to have a diverse and collaborative team
  • Have clarity and see the type of client that they would like to attract, allowing the ideal customer to see themself in your brand.
  • Why it is important to develop your values 

Come find out more on the latest episode of The Savvy Business Show

India Jackson and Erica Courdae

The Uplevel Project

Do you want to expand despite the world around you contracting?

Do you want to step into your highest level of leadership even though you’re so freaking tired?

Do you want to innovate in the face of an uncertain future? 

If the answer is yes then all you have to do is choose to show up, think, and act differently every day.

But how does one do this? 

It takes commitment, it takes awareness and it takes you implementing certain strategies every day. 
And in the Up Level Project, I’ll share the step-by-step and tailored to your specific needs process with you.

Unlock your full potential and create the freedom and abundance you desire for yourself and others, with joy and ease. Enrollment and early bird opens July 6th.

Click here to learn more about the course! 


Business Growth And Innovation w/ Claire Ransom

Business Growth And Innovation w/ Claire Ransom

On today’s episode of The Savvy Business Show, we have a very special guest. Her name is Claire Ransom. We’ve heard of her before. Claire is the founder of Lazy Flora. Lazy Flora is the United Kingdom’s top garden plants, subscription service and has been awarded the Independents Best Buy Award.

In this episode, we’re going to be talking to Claire about:

-How she got started

-The lessons that she’s learned through fundraising

-The steps she took to experience exponential growth in this pandemic.

Let’s Dive in…

The idea for Lazy Flora came to Claire after she moved into a new apartment that would finally allow her to have an outdoor garden. After looking for plants for her new apartment in the UK, she quickly realized how difficult it was to find plants that she wanted and when she did the quality was not what she was looking for.

Lazy Flora was born.

Eighteen months after Lazy Flora launched and Claire quickly realized that she needed to expand some operational areas of her business so that it could continue to be successful. In order to continue with the expansion she realized that she would need to do some business fundraising.

Beginning the fundraising process proved itself to be challenging. Claire continued to move forward with determination and a strong business mindset.

Recently with the COVID-19 pandemic Lazy Flora experienced more challenges. These challenges were unlike most chanlleges that businesses experienced. Lazy Flora experienced an increase in business of about 500% more traffic. This again lead Claire to use business mindset strategies in order to meet the supply and demand that she was experiencing.

Come check out the latest episode to hear what lessons and strategies Claire has used to scale her business.

Claire Ransom Founder of Lazy Flora

The Uplevel Project

Do you want to expand despite the world around you contracting?

Do you want to step into your highest level of leadership even though you’re so freaking tired?

Do you want to innovate in the face of an uncertain future? 

If the answer is yes then all you have to do is choose to show up, think, and act differently every day.

But how does one do this? 

It takes commitment, it takes awareness and it takes you implementing certain strategies every day. 
And in the Up Level Project, I’ll share the step-by-step and tailored to your specific needs process with you.

Unlock your full potential and create the freedom and abundance you desire for yourself and others, with joy and ease. Enrollment and early bird opens July 6th.

Click here to learn more about the course! 


Business Growth And Innovation w/ Gianne Doherty

Business Growth And Innovation w/ Gianne Doherty

On today’s episode of The Savvy Business Show, we have another very special guest. Gianne Doherty and Jay Weeks founded Organic Bath Co. a skincare line that uses clean ingredients to nourish your skin.  They also founded the Well Summit, which is an event dedicated to helping you live your healthiest and most fulfilling life. This power couple knows how to innovate and get things done.

And today – we take a dive into how they’ve manage to pivot their business and continue to show up as supportive pillars of the community

Let’s Dive in…

Gianne talks with us today about how she was able to quickly pivot her business when COVID-19 pandemic hit the US. Gianne had already been thinking about launching a hand sanitizer for her company Organic Bath Co. This need in the community and the world pushed her to pivot so that she could provide a completely clean alternative.

Organic Bathe Co partnered with Bully Boy Distillers to create this new product. With the launch of the product they were able to develop a plan that allows them to ounce to ounce match your doncations to frontline workers.

Gianne Doherty Co-Founder of Organic Bath Co & WELL Summit

Gianne also discusses how she leans into and trusts the power of prayer to continue to move forward in uncertain times. Her motto is:

 Learn to rest, not to quit

Many people during these uncertain times have become overwhelemed and feel like giving up. It’s during these times that we need to embrace the non-busyness for a change and let your mind go and create that space for you to maybe even see that thing that you’ve always not done could possibly be something that helps you work through the next million dollar idea. It’s all possible.


The Uplevel Project

Do you want to expand despite the world around you contracting?

Do you want to step into your highest level of leadership even though you’re so freaking tired?

Do you want to innovate in the face of an uncertain future? 

If the answer is yes then all you have to do is choose to show up, think, and act differently every day.

But how does one do this? 

It takes commitment, it takes awareness and it takes you implementing certain strategies every day. 
And in the Up Level Project, I’ll share the step-by-step and tailored to your specific needs process with you.

Unlock your full potential and create the freedom and abundance you desire for yourself and others, with joy and ease. Enrollment and early bird opens July 6th.

Click here to learn more about the course! 


Business Growth And Innovation w/ Janice Carte

Business Growth And Innovation w/ Janice Carte

In today’s episode of The Savvy Business Show, we have another very special guest. Janice Carte is the founder of Tiny Spoon Chef. Tiny Spoon Chef works with busy families, single professionals, and working couples to bring excitement and pleasure to mealtimes at home. Today Janice and I are going to dive in and talk about mistakes that we see business owners make, lessons that she’s learned, and advice for other business owners.

Janice Carte, the CEO of Tiny Spoon Chef, a Boston-based personal chef company bringing healthy, deeply flavorful food to an awesome network of clients – from major league athletes to local daycare owners –  every week.

On paper, she’s an expert in food. In reality, her superpower is relationships.

After years in the restaurant scene, Tiny Spoon Chef began with Janice cooking for a single client at their home. Through word of mouth alone, her side project grew into a full-time business.

In seven years, her success includes 50+ regular clients. A staff of five chefs, and a sustainability-focused home cooking app launching this year.

Let’s dive in…


When Janice started Tiny Spoon Chef, like a lot of people, she was working a day job that was not completely engaging. Janice did a little personal chef in the past, working for friends, kind of one-off jobs. Then more requests started to come in. Before too long, she had three or four clients and a pretty busy side hustle. Tiny Spoon Chef was born!

One of the things that we discuss in this episode is that many business owners during this time of uncertainty felt the need to lower their prices in order to still continue to operate in their business.

This however did not help provide them any relief as they were still working the same amount of time for half of the price. This leads to the business making half of the profits for the same amount of time leaving little to no room to scale your business.

Janice learned this lesson early on as she charged significantly less when she started her business as she was working to build it.

As she got further along she realized that in order to have a successful business that allowed her to work on her craft and grow her business. She needed to cultivate her business to reflect the value that she was putting in, as well as determine her ideal client that she would be able to make a difference with.

When building Tiny Spoon Chef, Janice has made relationship building a cornerstone to its success. For The Tiny Chef, relationship building allows her to make sure people feel seen, feel human, and feel supported.

She has supported her clients by doing things like sending presents to their kids and sending stamps and asking them to write letters to their grandparents.

When doing these things and building the relationships, the business came organically from a loving and genuine place.

During this episode Janice shares some business tips and marketing success stories. And was able to implement, perfect, and grow her business.

If you want to pass along some love to local Boston heroes, you can find out more and donate at TinySpoonChef.com/blog.

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    How she’s growing now w/ Janet Mesh

    How she’s growing now w/ Janet Mesh

    In the next few episodes of The Savvy Business Show, we’re going to interview some of the phenomenal business owners who in-spite of the current COVID-19 situation have been able to not only show up but either grow or sustain their businesses. 

    Our distinguished guest today is Janet Mesh, who is the CEO and Co-founder of Aimtal, a digital marketing agency that provides digital and content marketing services to clients.

    Let’s dive in…

    Now, why is it important for us to listen to them? Well, when we see other people do amazing and great things, it inspires us to continue to step up, show up, while creating and achieving our goals and the impact (plus change) we want to see in the world. That is why I wanted to bring back today Janet Mesh.

    After freelancing full time for two years, Janet decided to start the digital marketing agency to scale her marketing offers.  I have known Janet for quite a while. She has been a client of mine and I have just been so impressed with how she has built her business to work remotely so fast and everything that she’s accomplished since starting her business.

    I specifically wanted to bring her back here today to tell us how she has helped her clients to pivot and innovate during this time and what mindset shifts she has had to make to continue to show up and lead her team from her highest self.

    One of the key things that Janet and her team focused on was communication. Having a remote team all over the world it was important to Aimtel to tighten up their communications from the beginning. They felt this was important so that their team would be able to communicate their needs as well as continue to support their clients. They used this time to also helo their clients better communicate with their teams.

    Janet’s team also made sure that they kept a pulse on what was planned in the upcoming months for their clients. This allowed them to shift their conferences and marketing efforts towards webinars and online marketing strategies.

    Come find out more and how Janet and her team at Aimtel used their resources and gratitude to help them pivot and sustain their business.


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      • 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

      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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        • 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

        How To Lead with More Confidence Now

        How To Lead with More Confidence Now

        Two things to help you lead with ease

        I’ve had many conversations with clients and business owners over the last few weeks and one thing became very clear. Everyone is experiencing various levels of EXHAUSTION, Overwhelm, with periods of freak-out and we’re all going to be ok in between.

        Right now – everyone is OVERLOADED with information and hardcore business strategies of how to go digital faster, how to get funding, etc. With this information OVERLOAD, all of my clients have expressed how little bandwidth they have at the moment. BECAUSE everyone is strategizing like a champ already! You already have/know of or are applying all the BUSINESS strategies to handle this situation. 

        BUT SOMETHING IS MISSING! 

        That something is strategies to help you ground, focus, lead with ease. This falls under the mindset category.

        For this very reason that I will not be delivering any content on social media or here that is more information about things/strategies to DO. Of course, if that’s what YOU need right now – I’m more than happy to hop on a private call with you and brainstorm the living daylights out of ideas with you while helping you to stay in possibility land. 

        It’s my intention to help ground and focus you during this time so you can continue to lead your business and team with ease and confidence.

        How do I know this is needed? Because this is what I’ve been helping every client do right now, and you know what the results have been? 

        They’ve come up with crazy innovative ideas, they’ve been able to take massive action, and execute those plans in record time. Some of them have even gained new clients. 

        So that’s why it’s important that you have these tools in your mindset toolkit too. 

        Today I’m going to share two quick and easy ways to help you tap back into both ease and confidence by asking yourself the following: 

        What do you need right now at this very moment? 

        I’ve personally been doing this every day. Remember that right now – I’m having to hold the space for people who are freaking out and unloading on me EVERY DAY. In order to help and guide them to come up with the very best innovative solutions that will help their business not only survive in the short run but thrive in the long run, I need to show up grounded and calm. 

        And the way to do that is to NURTURE me. 

        Your clients and your team are looking to you to lead them right now, and it will be easier to do that when you feel nurtured and taken care of yourself. 

        Here are ideas from what clients have shared and I have been doing:

        • Take that nap
        • Have a bath
        • Take a walk 
        • Learn to do magic tricks
        • Crochet
        • Have that glass of wine
        • Have the cookie 
        • Cook a wholesome meal

        Nurturing is also going to help you feel safe. Which is so important in this time where your physical well being is at risk. Bringing in rituals that promote safety will reduce your stress levels 

        And when we’re less stressed – we do everything better.

        The other question I’ve been asking myself is and been helping clients with too 

        Who do you want to become throughout the next few months?

        This will be unique to every person. Right now, as the leader of your business, you have the choice to sink or swim. This crisis may highlight leadership qualities that you can strengthen.

        Personally I want to become more resilient, I want to trust harder and deeper than ever before. I want to show up as a beacon of strength for clients, a source of support, kindness, and courage. 

        When you ask yourself this question, it allows you to focus on what you have to do to be that higher wiser version of yourself. It helps you to draw and call up your strengths vs feed into your weaknesses. 

        And when you can step into your highest level of leadership – it lights the way to what needs to be done, and how to get it done. It pulls you into action and forwards motion despite uncertainty. 

        And that’s what your business and your team need more than anything right now. 

        Both of these strategies will promote more ease in a time when ease is needed more than ever before. 

        I’m sending you lots of strength and courage and please know that you are more than welcome to reach out if you need help or support right now. I’m here to help ease this period of stress and overwhelm and build a stronger business than ever before.


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        Building your resiliency

        Building your resiliency

        Today’s, Savvy Business Show talks about offering three strategies to building your resiliency.

        It’s been an incredibly crazy few weeks – as one of my clients put it – it feels like we’ve lived multiple lifetimes from one day to the next while the magnificent scope of the impact of the COVID-19 virus settled in on us.  Today I offer three strategies to build your resiliency.

        Let’s dive in…

        As a business owner, I’m sure you’ve had so many disruptions to plans, you’ve had to pivot, adjust and adjust your plans again. Putting out a million fires daily to help you, your team and your clients during this uncertain time.

        And I’m sure  – all of this has resulted in copious amounts of stress, worry, and most likely overwhelming and sometimes debilitation fear. And it’s all so understandable.

        And it’s important that we not only give ourselves permission to feel all of our emotions at this moment -I know I’ve personally felt a ton of emotions ranging from grief, sadness, anger -. Because right now – more than ever it’s super important for you to be as grounded as you can possibly be. When we are grounded we are better equipped to lead others and to make better decisions.

        Right now you have to lean into resiliency more than ever before.

        So how do we get grounded and how do you become more resilient? In today’s episode, I’m going to share a few things that will help you become better at both.

        1 – FEEL ALL YOUR FEELINGS:

        No matter what you’re feeling right now – it’s all NORMAL. SO allow yourself to feel it. By allowing ourselves to feel our feelings we’re better able to process things and also it allows us to let the energy flow through us vs getting stuck somewhere.

        Sometimes it helps to physically move your body to allow the feelings to flow through you – so go for a walk, or do an exercise class at home.

        Doing this will both reduce stress and induce your body with endorphins that will help reduce stress.

        And it’s important that we not only give ourselves permission to feel all of our emotions at this moment – but it’s also important that we put strategies in place to cope with it.

        Make sure you distance yourself from things that cause extra stress right now.

        2 – MAKING PEACE THAT YOU’RE NOT IN CONTROL:

        If there’s one thing that the last few weeks have really driven home it’s this:

        WE DO NOT HAVE CONTROL OVER EVERYTHING.

        Now, this is nothing new, of course.

        Ironically we have been happily sitting on a rock that’s going a million miles a minute around an explosive sun for billions of years, and on this rock that we call earth disease, ice ages, wars have always happened, pretending that we have so much control.

        But the truth is there are some things  – like the rise and setting of the sun and the moon, the seasons, and now – STRESSING COVID-19 – that we have no control over.

        SO how do we stay grounded when we are not in control!? We have to surrender that which we do not have control over and take responsibility and action for that which we do have control of.

        Here’s an exercise to help you do this:

        Write out all your fears: then go through and ask yourself: do have I have control over this or not?

        If the answer is not – then practice letting go and surrendering that fear to a higher power.

        One way of doing this is to say a  mantra-like: 

        I release this problem or fear of a higher power and trust that it will all work out.

        For the fears that you do have control over: what action can you or do you have to take to overcome the obstacle?

        3: WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT FILL YOUR CUP?

        Our immediate knee jerk reaction when things get tough is to deprive ourselves of all the fun and nice things that fulfill us. And this is the BIGGEST mistake that you as a business owner and any human, really, can make in testing times.

        Right now it’s crucial that you protect your businesses’ biggest asset: YOU – that means keep making time for hobbies, exercise, enough sleep.

        If you’re not sure or can’t remember what those things are right now, start with something small – like taking a walk daily or doing a little gratitude list at the end of the day, taking a bath.

        It can also help to think of things that you always say you’ll do in future – like when I accomplish x, then I’ll make time to_____ (what’s that blank for you!?) Do that  -if it’s possible now.

        Think of things that usually relax you and make a list that you can do daily!

        For me it’s the following:

        I wake up at the same time every day and I meditate for 10 minutes and journal for a little bit. Then I make myself a nice cup of coffee and I write – writing brings me joy.

        After that, I go for a 30-minute walk and only then I start my day.

        Right now – while social distancing is in effect, I check in with a friend every afternoon.

        My hubby and I take another walk with our pup in the late afternoon. 

        And then I cook a healthy meal and we watch something fun and light on TV.

        I also sprinkle in weekly baths here, listen to music often and try to do something creative around the house.

        Doing all of the above helps me stay as calm as possible in these trying times.

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        How to Grow Credibility and Visibility Fast in Your Business?

        How to Grow Credibility and Visibility Fast in Your Business?

        Today, on the Savvy Business Show I talk with Alessandra Pollina about how to gain credibility and visibility fast in your business. Alessandra is a member of the Savvy Business Masterminds.

        Alessandra has been part of the Mastermind community for the last year now and over this year Alessandra has hit so many amazing milestones in her business.

        Her success includes finally cracking the elusive six-figure revenue mark, rented her first full-time office space, she also expanded her team and hired her first employee.

        Alessandra holds a bachelor of science in communications from Boston University’s College of communications. Throughout her college years, she held many internships in the PR field at some of the best agencies in Boston.

        This vast array of experiences became the foundation of Alessandra’s PR career and positioned her to launch her own company, Pollina PR + Marketing, a full-service boutique PR and marketing agency, in 2012 at just 23 years old.

        Alessandra also loves to work one on one with business owners to train them on the tactics, strategy, and implementation best-practices for carrying out their own PR and marketing.

        She’s also the founder of the Female Millennial Entrepreneurs Boston networking group and she also launched The Female Millennial Entrepreneur Podcast in 2019.

        Let’s dive in…

        In the entrepreneurial world, people tend to follow around a little bit before they realize what’s best for them.

        Sometimes I say this to people that we think, it’s so much pressure to decide what to do and there’re so many things we might enjoy doing or wanting to do, but make a conscious decision, pick something and stick with it.

        Sometimes we all like doing stuff a little bit here and there but when it comes to my business, I stay pretty consistent, as I was able to build it into something.

        Who are my clients?

        • Clients are mostly from small to mid-sized businesses
        • It’s a LOT more about people you’re working with and not the type of businesses you’re catering to
        • Enjoying who you’re working with is more important than which business they belong to
        • Constraining to some specific type becomes frustrating – marketing one-on-one, right there for everyone
        • It all boils down to what clients want, what they want out of it and where I specialize in what I provide them, a lot more than I specialize in working with this type of client.

        What do I do for my clients?

        • Media relations side of things – media outreach for clients
        • PR and marketing services

        How do you talk to people who say: “yeah PR….., I’ve heard about it and that I’m never quite sure if it’s worth it” – how would you explain or speak to someone like that on the fence of the value of PR?

        I try explaining:
        • It helps build your reputation so well and so fast because
        • If you’re getting yourself out there, people are seeing and hearing about whatever you do and that you exist for them to be reached out to
        • It helps to reach out to your target audience
        • PR helps you to get in front of much wider audiences in less of a targetted way like you’re not emailing a specific list of people who’ve already found you and signed up for something
        • It also helps build credibility especially online through the links wherever you’ve been featured
        • Clients and consumers can find you while researching online and can refer to others also building a web of connections around you

        There are other ways easier to do yourself which is faster to carry out too like getting yourself out through a podcast, post to a website or editorial or letter to the editor or newspaper or something like that….. it’s like something you’ve actually created and you’re placing it somewhere else which is even one step further than content marketing.

        Some other PR ways to reach out

        • If you’re a local business like for pilates or something, one could partner with other local brands and put on an event together in a way where you’re essentially sharing lists or audiences where you reach out to their audience and vice versa
        • Any time when your business or your company or yourself is interacting with your public which can be anybody or anything to do with like if you’re a big company, investor relations, employee relations, customer relations fall under that and not just selling or marketing stuff

        When its time to hire a PR agency?

        • When it becomes too much time consuming and that you can afford to hire someone
        • There’s a need to build relationships and maintain consistency
        • When you know reaching out to people is not your forte and not something you enjoy doing the most and that you also don’t have the bandwidth for it

        How the DIY PR COURSE helps people?

        • It’s a step-by-step process like creating your media kit, how will you be presenting your business, what you want to be promoting
        • Instead of overwhelming your audience, it encourages you to pick up only two or maybe three things that are your messages for the next six months or so – you don’t need a ton of different messages and pitches
        • Keep it as simple as possible
        • Doing yourself is sometimes best as you’re going to be providing a real personalized pitch than somebody else is putting it out for you

        You can find Alessandra at Pollina PR or on Instagram.


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        My Recent Cancer Scare

        My Recent Cancer Scare

        Before I share today’s episode I want to make it abundantly clear that I hate being dramatic so even talking about this is totally uncomfortable for me because other people are not so lucky to have it just be a scare… and if you’re one of those people or you have a family member who’s currently fighting cancer – know that I’m sending so much love to you and your family.

        I didn’t share this as it was happening as I deeply believe in processing and digesting things first before you share it all out to the world. In my opinion, when we do this we are of better service to others.

        SO in today’s episode, I want to share how processing this scare has influenced my business.

        Let’s dive in…


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        Hello There Listeners and welcome back to the Savvy Business Show.

        When we look at the online business world and what they teach it’s all the sexy shiny “make your first 6 figures in 60 days” Or Your blue-print to 7 figures now! …

        And I get it… that’s the sexy stuff, the “cool marketing strategies”

        But the reality of the matter is that a sustainable and profitable business takes WAYYY more than just sexy marketing, a funnel or drip campaign… it involves way more than converting clients and making sales…

        And the online #girlboss #bossbabe rah-rah world NEVER talks about the rest…

        And I get it  – it’s not sexy… but this stuff that they’re not discussing is CRUCIAL to building concrete and solid business.

        SO what does all this have to do with my recent cancer scare?

        You see I grew up with a dad who worked in the debt collection side of a bank for a while. This is the department that goes to repossess people’s belongings.

        My dad had some funny stories of people shooting at them when they would go to give notice that things would be repossessed. But he also had some very sad stories of widows who lost everything because their husband died and they didn’t have insurance….

        Hence when my husband asked if he could marry me – my dad’s first question before giving him permission was:” Do you have life insurance!?”

        The thing is we never know when we’re going to get that scare that turns into real bad stuff…

        So when I received my scary news back in May 2019 – it immediately made me think of all the things in my business that’s been on my to-do list ( but because they’re not sexy to do had been pushed to the back burner…)

        A lot of the processes and foundational work in my business have already been set up pretty well – but there was one big loophole for me and that was disability insurance and a life insurance policy for myself. 

        Running a business is a risky business as it is  – so making sure that everything’s set up to support and keep you as safe as possible is really important for you to be able to then do the “sexy” business stuff with more confidence and ease.

        SO what in your business isn’t bulletproof yet? 

        Have you tightened up your contracts, health insurance, do you have an operations manual?

        Can your team continue to run with things when you are not there? 

        Are all the passwords to everything available somewhere for team members?

        What do you have to take care of now so you can have peace of mind? Take action now  – trust me it’s going to make you feel so supported and safe and will then help you to grow a successful business with a strong foundation.

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        How to Be As Successful As Marie Forleo

        How to Be As Successful As Marie Forleo

        Today’s Savvy Business Show talks about looking at some of the steps that Marie Forleo took to create the huge success she has today and how you can adapt these steps to help you boost your business too.

        Let’s dive in…

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        Hello There Listeners and welcome back to the Savvy Business Show. 

        It’s B-School time again and the interwebs and your inbox are BUZZING and flooded with everything about the program.

        If you’re new to Marie Forleo and her B-School program, here’s a quick rundown: Marie Forleo is an American life coach, motivational speaker, author and web television host of Marie TV.

        She is the owner of Marie Forleo International, B-School and MarieTV.

        B-School is her 8-week program that helps entrepreneurs to build online businesses. It’s intense with a TON of information.

        I took it in 2014 when I had no idea how to market and I did find it helpful, however – if you’re a seasoned business owner I wouldn’t recommend you buying it, rather invest the money and hire people who already know how to do all of it.

        Thousands of people have taken it and the last time I heard Marie talking about it she said she has sold over $40 million worth of coaching packages/courses, etc.

        SO why should you care!? Well having followed Marie for the last 6 years, I’ve noticed quite a few things that she does SO RIGHT and has lead to her success and it’s also these very things that she does so RIGHT that I see other business owners do wrong. 

        Now it’s important to note that there is a lot of things that she’s done right (and we also have to remember that there was also a little bit of being at the right place at the right time with the right idea involved.)

        But today I’m going to specifically focus on THREE things that she’s done that will greatly help you in your business too.

        1: Leveraging Her Network

        From interviewing big names like Tony Robbins, Mama Gina, and Brene Brown to using her clients to spread the word about her programs.

        Marie Forleo has used the living daylights out of her network which has helped her to build her empire.

        I often see business owners overlook their own network and refraining from incentivizing their clients to help them spread the word about their business. 

        Marie Forleo understands the power of word-of-mouth, and although it seems like all of this is happening online when you break it down, it really is just a very good referral system.

        She has an affiliate program where affiliates can earn money for referring others.

        Ways that you can adapt this for your business: 

        Instead of money – send thank you cards, or a thank you gift. 

        And when was the last time you went through your connections and took a look at who they knew and who were in their networks?

        Go ahead and get on it and ask these people for their help – and remember to reward them with a thank you gift too!

        2: Being Consistent

        Another one of Marie’s qualities is her ability to be consistent. I’ve personally been at an event where we hammered this one home.

        She famously said if you don’t hear from her via her newsletter on a Tuesday to assume that she’s dead!

        Being consistent helps you in business in a variety of ways:

        1 – It builds trust with your customers, knowing that they can rely on you.

        Trust is probably the MOST important component to build a successful business.

        2 – Consistency also builds momentum.

        Since 2011 (I believe that was the year that she started B-school and by the way in case you think she was an overnight success  – she started her coaching business on the side in 1999, which makes her an overnight success 10 years in the making.)

        And since then she has showed up every single year building and building and building on the foundation of what she started.

        How to make this work in your business:

        What can you do to help clients trust your business more? Perhaps this means highlighting your experience and credentials more?

        Is what you have in place right now to support clients sustainable and scalable? i.e. – can you keep up the quality and level of service as your clients increase? This is a crucial point to help you to stay consistent.

        It’s also important to note that if you are lacking clarity, have underlying doubts, fears or stories that are not aligned with your goals/success then it will greatly sabotage your ability to be consistent.

        So be sure to reach out to a coach to help you overcome these.

        I personally spend a lot of time helping clients to gain clarity and to overcome these fears and doubts to help them to take consistent action and that’s when they see momentum build and huge growth spurts in their business.

        3: Focus On The Thing

        For the last 9 or 10 years, Marie Forleo has focused on THE THING! And she’s designed everything in her business to feed into that one thing. Everything in her business serves a purpose and leads to her big offering B-school.

        So what she’s done is scale effectively.

        This is where I see a lot of business owners fail. I see a lot of business owners who want to scale add additional revenue streams that don’t fit into their business model. This creates more work and headaches.

        I also see a lot of business owners try to monetize EVERYTHING they do (including their hobbies.) This again leads to chaos, working harder for a low rate of return and ultimately also losing their joy and passion.

        So let’s do a quick breakdown of Marie’s business:

        1 – Marie TV

        This serves as a place for people to get to know Marie, which helps the know, like, and trust factor needed to convert sales AND it also serves as a way to grow her newsletter and gives her audience an easy place to share with their friends (i.e. referring her to others easily.)

        2 – Her Book “Everything is Figureoutable”

        Although I was personally disappointed with the book as I was hoping to get some new insights into Marie the person, again THIS WAS NOT the purpose for writing the book.

        The purpose of this book was to give a wider range of people access to her so they could get to know and like her AND then eventually convert to buy her courses.

        3 – Her courses Copy Cure + How to Start the Right Business

        Both serve as perfect tasters of what you could get from her ultimate big offer B-School.

        So how can you adapt this to your business:

        When you look at all the things your business has to offer, do they all align and fit in?

        Denise Duffield-Thomas has a saying all roads lead to Bootcamp ( which is her big course that she sells.)

        So ask yourself: Do all roads in my business lead to making that sale?

        You don’t have to have a course or be a service-based business to do this.

        What you really want to look at here as that everything in your business is set up to get your customer closer to giving you their money. i.e. making a sale.

        When you bring all three of these steps together, it makes for an incredible business strategy!

        1: Leverage your network and build relationships

        2: Be consistent

        3: Focus on the revenue-producing thing

        Now, I’d love to hear from you.

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