Author Archive Francisca Payne

The Joy of Being an Authentic Entrepreneur

Sooner or later a question shows up in your mind that you just can’t answer. In fact, you refuse to answer it or ignore it, but it keeps coming back. It’s like a stone in your shoe. First, it’s just an irritation, but left unanswered it becomes a blister, and if that’s left unanswered, pretty soon you have an infection.

The question that we all face at some point is this: Is this what business is all about for me? Surely there’s more than this! Where have I gone wrong? What can I do? I don’t want my business to be like this.

We’ve all had it. Frustration, anxiety, lack of fulfilment and/or doubt. They all show up, don’t they? And unfortunately they will continue to show up until you CHANGE something…

 

Become An Authentic Entrepreneur!

When you get right down to it, what most entrepreneurs want is to live a peaceful, happy life, have customers they really love and make more money than they need to spend each month. That’s all. Then they could spend time with the people they care about and do the things that make their heart sing.

In other words, they want to be an Authentic Entrepreneur.

Being an authentic entrepreneur starts when you start feeling happy every day, and that starts by letting go of everybody and everything that no longer serves you.

Things that no longer serve you may be:

  • Clients or customers that you’ve known for a long time
  • Business partners you’ve been working with
  • Programs, devices and tools you are using
  • Places, online platforms and websites you visit
  • Groups and activities you have been involved in for years
  • Old habits, thoughts, and expectations

All the people, places, and experiences that you allow to perpetuate are weighing you down. No amount of success drive or positive thinking is going to change anything for you until you face the real issue.

 

What Happens When You Start Being Authentic?

Here’s what happens when you do:

  1. For the first time in a long time you begin to experience JOY just through your thoughts and feelings. You notice that, without any conscious effort on your part, you have no attachment to the people, places, or things that no longer serve you. Letting them all go becomes effortless.
  2. You have new adventures. Opportunities to experience new activities that you have never even thought of before present themselves and you find yourself excited to try them.
  3. You learn and discover. Your interest in learning new things awakens and you find yourself fascinated by the idea of learning new skills.
    • The people you meet while learning these new skills resonate with your heart and you feel at home
  4. You make new friends and get new customers. New people start to come into your life and business who are in alignment with your new fresh way of thinking.

Once you start being authentic, your frustration, anxiety, and doubt are replaced with optimism, enthusiasm and fulfilment in all that you do. Life and business seem simpler. Others even say you look different and more alive (yes, even your children). You ARE different. You’ve become An Authentic Entrepreneur!

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3 Habits That Improve Focus

Unless you’re a Buddhist monk, you encounter distractions from time to time that minimize your effectiveness in getting your work done.

The internet is especially disrupting with email, messages, status updates, and more. But distractions also include family and our own wandering minds.

The big question becomes ‘how can you defeat this tendency?’.

 

The following strategies can absolutely help you become more efficient and effective:

 

1. Use time limits.

When we set a time limit, we improve our ability to focus. It almost becomes a game of ‘beat the clock’. I would suggest you use a timer and limit your work periods to around 25 or 45 minutes – with a 5-15 minute break in between tasks. If a task is going to take longer than 45 minutes, you can continue with it at a different moment by creating what I call a new ‘time slot’.

  • Having a time limit also forces you to do the most important parts of any work. If you only have 25 or 45 minutes, you’re going to have to decide what’s most important. This is much better than deciding to simply work on something until it’s done. Decide how long it should take, and then set the timer.
  • If you have any sort of attention challenge, using a timer can increase your ability to keep your mind on the task at hand. The time flies by, and you’ll get more done. You’re likely to even find it relaxing, since you’ll be focused on what you’re doing instead of thinking about 20 other things.

Research has shown that the most productive schedule for most people is: 50 minutes of work, 10 minute break, 50 more minutes of work, 30 minute break (this is a good time to get up, walk around, and get a drink) and repeat..

Time your breaks: If you decide to check your email or do one of those other tasks that seem to magically go from 5 minutes to 30 minutes or more, using a timer will serve as a reminder. It will also force you to only check on the most important things.

 

2. Close everything that can be closed.

Everything on your computer that isn’t necessary for the task at hand should be closed down. If you don’t need the internet, shut it off. That includes all your email, notifications, games, and blogs. Close your door and unplug the phone, if possible.

  • Nothing is going anywhere – it will all still be there when you’re done. One of the keys to being more effective is eliminating the things that make us less effective.

 

3. Insert a pause, as needed.

When you first implement these habits, there will be times that you will have an incredible urge to check your email, Facebook, or Twitter. You might even want to quickly make a phone call. I even remember times when I quickly wanted to get up to go and do the laundry or wash the dishes.

  • But before you give in to the urge, take 10 seconds and pause. Take a long, deep breath and ask yourself if you really want to waste your time on something that is meaningless (for the moment), or if you’d rather accomplish something worthwhile.

 

These easy habits, which anyone can do, can go a long way toward improving your focus and effectiveness at any task.

It’s likely to be challenging at first, but you can do it. You can get more done, in less time, by learning to improve your focus and avoiding the things that waste your precious time.

If you put these three habits into practice starting today, you’ll be impressed by how much more you can get done!

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5 Differences Between Successful & Unsuccessful Entrepreneurs

Have you ever wondered what makes your most successful friend so successful? What about your least successful friend? What’s their problem? What’s the difference between those that thrive and those that struggle?

There are several differences, and they’re quite obvious if one takes the time to look.

If you understand the differences, you can examine your own situation and gain insight into why you might not be as successful as you’d like to be.

 

See how successful entrepreneurs do things differently than unsuccessful entrepreneurs:
  1. Their businesses are defined by their goals. Unsuccessful entrepreneurs’s lives are defined by their fears. Most entrepreneurs run their businesses in a way that avoids their fears. Successful entrepreneurs make decisions based on accomplishing their goals, not avoiding their fears.
  2. They apply their time toward long-term objectives. Unsuccessful entrepreneurs are motivated by day-to-day concerns. The average person is only concerned with making it through the next week. Successful entrepreneurs take action each day that will provide benefits months, years, or decades in the future.
  3. They read books. Unsuccessful entrepreneurs gravitate toward TV and other non-value-added forms of entertainment. Reading the right books is one of the most effective ways of boosting your knowledge. Would you rather learn something new or waste your time?
  4. They surround themselves with the right entrepreneurs.Successful entrepreneurs spend time with others that help them to become better. This could be a mentor, someone they could potentially do business deals with, or simply someone they believe has the right connections.
  5. They have positive, effective habits.Good brushing and flossing habits lead to healthy teeth. Good exercise and diet habits lead to health and fitness. Good success habits lead to high levels of success. What do your habits lead you towards?
    As you can see, there are clear-cut differences between successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurs. How many of these items can you identify with? What changes would you like to make?Which one you decide to be is up to you. Are you committed to progress or comfort? Do you have a plan for your time that maximizes your effectiveness, or do you like to fly by the seat of your pants? The choice between success and mediocrity is up to you.

If you want be make faster progress in your business and/or work on your mindset and attitude with my support, feel free to reach out to me to find out how we can work together!

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Be Disciplined In 6-Steps

Because I know that it is not always easy to discipline yourself, I decided to share some easy steps with you to help you get there as quick as you can. By following these steps you are allowing yourself to grow in this area.

1. Define Your Purpose
In which area of your business would you like to become more disciplined? Just choose one. Be clear about what it is you would like to stop doing or what it is you want to start doing regularly.

2. Find Role Models
Do you know someone who is disciplined in this area? It doesn’t have to be someone you know personally. It can be someone who is alive or dead. The point is to think of some people who you believe had control in this area. This step shows you that if they can do it, you can do it too.

3. See The Success
What are the benefits of becoming disciplined in this area? Make a list of all the (good) things you will feel, see, smell, taste, touch, have and do once you are strong in this area. Knowing this will inspire you to work hard(er).

4. Consider The Danger Zones
Because you are not used to being disciplined in this area it will be challenging for you sometimes. You will start off very good and strongly but before you know it you will feel tempted to go back to your old habits or stop doing your best. This is not strange. What will help you is to make a list, before you start, of all the potential situations, people and things that may cause you to fall or stop…and then make a list of how you will handle them.

5. Decide In Advance
Decide in advance what it is you need to do to accomplish the goal you have set in step 1. This step is about knowing exactly what to do and deciding to do it, no matter what! This is very powerful because it is not about how you feel. It is about realizing that your goal is worth the investment.

6. Have A Support Team
Think of someone you respect to help you become disciplined in this area. Find a person who will be strong enough to hold you accountable for the decisions you have made. Keep in contact with this person every week or every two weeks. This will force you to do what you say you will do.

If you need any help or support with this, you can reach out to me on Social media or here on this website by clicking on services 

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3 Easy Ways To Start Taking Responsibility

1. Do A Reality-Check
Sit down with a pen and paper and write down what is REALLY going on in your business (or life). Make a list of the things that are bothering you because they are not the way you want them to be.

For example: It can be the amount of income you have, the clients you are working with, the person who is helping you with your admin or maybe the business partner you have. In your personal life it can be anything from your your health to your home environment.

 

 

2. Choose The Most Simple Step Forward
You realize that things are not the way you desire them to be but because they are happening in your life at the moment you have to find a simple way to deal with them so it doesn’t bother you as much as it does. My suggestion is to step away from it emotionally by choosing to do something positive that only effects you.

For example: reduce the time you spend with those clients or business partners, bring a slight increase in your prices. In your personal life it can be anything from taking a 30 min walk (starting tomorrow) to drinking more green tea (losing weight) to painting one wall in your favorite color this week.

 

3. Respond To Positive Things Around You
In my book ‘7 Steps To Your Calling’ I go deeper into this but for now I want to inspire you to keep your eyes open when you take the two steps I just shared with you. When you make a simple but positive shift in your mindset or in your actions it will effect the world around you.

In fact, when you open up yourself to be real and honest about the way your life is at the moment and you decide to take responsibility to change it, you will have to bring yourself in a positive mode so you can stay motivated and inspired. Whenever something good happens around you act upon it because positive energy creates more positive energy.

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You Need A Support Group

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17)

There is so much wisdom in this verse because truth is, you can’t do it alone… No successful entrepreneur ever got anything extraordinary done without the talent and support of others. We need others and they need us.

Going for your calling and becoming successful means facing unique challenges and working on the things you struggle with. This shouldn’t be a journey you constantly walk all by yourself.

No matter if you struggle with fear, low self-confidence, lack of self-discipline, self-doubt or procrastination, it is nothing that can’t be overcome- especially when you’re surrounded by positive and supportive people who can walk through your triumphs and struggles with you. This will not only give you the encouragement you need throughout the day, but it will also help you to stay engaged in your work and motivate you to succeed.

When you are surrounded by people who support you, you’ll be more likely to reach your God-inspired goals and walk in your calling with more confidence. You may also find that you can go farther than you ever thought possible on your own!

How are you using your talents to support others? How are the talents and supports of others helping you? In other words, are you in a Mastermind group?

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Declutter Your Mind

You all know the importance of setting and achieving your goals, but often you don’t consider the importance of reflecting on what it is you need to let go of in order for you to move forward.

It is something most of us don’t think about. We all declutter and spring clean our homes, wardrobes, etc., yet we rarely think to declutter the most important space we own. Our minds.

With this being said, think about the things that are not helping you and that you’re still holding onto. Write it on a piece of paper or write it in your journal and decide to let go of it. Is it a self-limiting belief? Is it a bad habit? Is it the people you hang out with? Whatever it is… if it is not helping you move forward, you need to let it go!

It is the very act of letting go that will allow you to expand, move forward and ultimately become more successful in your business, as well as in your life. Success only comes when you change your mindset, develop a winning mentality and when you get rid of all the things that don’t work for you – or stand in the way of you achieving your highest potential to walk boldly in your purpose.

I can tell you from my own experience that, once you are honest with yourself and make a decision that something needs to go, it might seem hard at first, but you will also see how taking this step truly benefits your growth and helps you become more the successful you desire to be.

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