It’s so close! Next week, May 25th, My book The Up Level Project: Your Guide to Unlocking Higher Profits While Creating More Freedom drops on Amazon and beyond — be the first to get a copy by visiting hannekeantonelli.com/book.
I’ve learned so much during this entire process, and so, in today’s episode, I’m sharing my biggest lessons (and I believe some of them are going to take you by surprise!) These lessons apply to running a business too! Let’s dive in.
Your network is everything
Nurture it, don’t be afraid to ask for help. People want to support and help you. Moving forward I want to set an intention of forming more real and deep connections with people.
Acknowledging people and saying thank you! And give them compliments often. I’ve received so many amazing notes and feedback about my book, and it meant so much to me.
It reminded me of how important it is to thank everyone on your team and to praise them for all the stuff they do get done/correct daily. It’s easy to get bogged down in the things that are going wrong but absolutely make sure that you give praise often, as that will keep your team motivated.
I’m a super impulsive person and on the Kolbe Index scale I’m a quick start 9, which means that I feel comfortable to take action with very little research or information. Once I know I want something I go for it.
Writing the book taught me to slow my role a little. To pay more attention to detail — because they do matter (or hire people who’ll do it for you.)
There were many working pieces (and still are) a lot of parts that have to come together before we launch the book on May 25th, and so I’ve had to constantly remind myself to be patient and that I’m exactly where I need to be right now.
When I started the process of writing a book, I made a deal with myself. I was like: “Ok – we can do this BUT — we are only allowed to do this if we make it fun!”
So, I came up with a strategic plan that would honor that intention, it included:
Never writing until I was completely empty, I always finished every writing session with more to say, and I never allowed myself to write to the point where I felt frustrated.
I also hired one of my best friends (and paid them their full price,) James Reed, who was an expert editor.
Hire experts and outsource what you’re not good at.
I hired an entire team of people who specialized in editing, book design, marketing, with a PR team to boot.
In my Pilates business I spent way too much time doing things that were not in my wheelhouse and the result was a burnout and frustrated instructor who couldn’t serve her clients well anymore. (Yes — I do share more about this in my book too!) This time around I knew better and outsourced EVERYTHING I could possibly outsource. It felt so great and allowed me to continue to focus on serving existing clients to the highest level.
Toward the end of the launch journey I definitely felt a little energetically depleted. So, I made sure that I stayed on top of my resiliency routine as if it was my job. I also relied heavily on my book launch team, my assistant, and others to take on a few extra tasks.
Have boundaries and enforce them:
- To stay focused and bring my book into the world, I said no to a lot of things last year.
- No, to relationships that felt more predatory than symbiotic.
- No, to opportunities or events that weren’t in alignment with my vision for the future.
- No, to content that wasn’t based on facts and reliable sources/caused drama/harm.
- No, to social engagements or Zoom calls when I was low on energy.
Honoring my instincts and gut feelings was hard at times but ultimately enforcing my boundaries helped preserve focus and energy and brought me more in alignment with where I’m going and who I want to become in the future.
Celebrate all of the journey (not just the destination.)
I tried and continue to set the intention to celebrate every little bit of progress along the way and to savor every win, every email/post/text with feedback about the book. It’s helped to fill my cup, keep me motivated, and keep me going.
If you’ve been one of those amazing people who’ve sent me a quick text, posted about my book on social, and or emailed me — thank you from the bottom of my heart! I really appreciate you and your words of acknowledgement means the world — thank you!